Tonight I had an opportunity to receive the Regional Director of the World Health Organization, Dr Shin Young-soo. WHO Member States are grouped into six regions. Each region has a regional office namely Regional Office for Africa, Regional Office for the Americas, Regional Office for South-East Asia, Regional Office for Europe, Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean and Regional Office for the Western Pacific. Malaysia is placed under the Western Pacific region together with other countries; Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Fiji, Japan, Kiribati, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Mongolia, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Viet Nam.
Until joining WHO, Dr Shin was Professor of Health Policy and Management at the College of Medicine, Seoul National University, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1969.
He was nominated for the position at the fifty-ninth session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific in September 2008 and confirmed by the Organization’s 124th session of the Executive Board in Geneva in January 2009. He was nominated for a second five-year term at the sixty-fourth session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific in October 2013 and confirmed by the Organization’s 134th session of the Executive Board in Geneva in January 2014.
Dr Shin was the first Regional Director for the Western Pacific to be appointed from outside WHO.
In the next 3 days, Dr Shin and I, will be visiting a few health facilities at rural areas in Sarawak. More updates coming…..
Selamat datang Dr Shin….