President Enrique Peña Nieto appointed Dr. Mercedes Juan López Director
General of the National Council for the Development and Inclusion of Persons
with Disabilities, (CONADIS).
Mercedes Juan López is a surgeon specializing in rehabilitation medicine,
who studied at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and obtained a graduate
degree in neurological rehabilitation from the Metropolitan Autonomous University.
She was the first woman
Minister of Health.
At the Ministry of Health, she
previously served as Under-Minister of Health Regulation and Promotion and
Minister of the National Health Council. She was also Technical Secretary of Health
Cabinet of the President’s Office.
In the legislative sphere, she was Federal Deputy in the LVII
Legislative Session. During that period, she served as Secretary of the Health
and Population and Development Commissions, and member of what is now the Attention for Vulnerable
She was president of Mexican Health Foundation and is the author and
co-author of books on the subject of disability and rehabilitation.
The president has indicated that the new director must continue to reinforce
actions to foster and protect the full enjoyment of the human rights and
fundamental freedoms of persons with disabilities, promoting their full
inclusion into society within a framework of respect, equality and equal