Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, New WHO Regional Director for South East Asia
Board has appointed Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh as
the new WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia,
succeeding Dr Samlee Plianbangchang.
Dr Samlee had served as the Regional Director for
South-East Asia for the past 10 years.
Dr Khetrapal Singh, an Indian national, will take up her
new post on 1 February 2014. She served for over 2 decades as a civil
servant in India as a
member of the Indian Administrative Services, where among several important
assignments she was the Health Secretary of Punjab.
She then moved to the Health, Population and Nutrition Department of the
World Bank and in 1998 she began her WHO career as an Executive Director in
WHO Director-General Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland’s cabinet in Geneva. Her previous position before
retiring in February 2013 was Deputy Regional Director for WHO’s South-East Asia Region.
forward to working with partners to eliminate gross health inequalities and
enhancing human welfare in WHO's South-East Asia
Region," said Dr Khetrapal Singh. "WHO
will continue supporting Member States to tackle the emerging
epidemiological and demographic challenges in the Region.
We will focus on promoting universal health coverage, robust health systems
and strengthening emergency risk management in South-East
Asia. I am committed to an excellence pursuing, responsive and
accountable WHO in the Region."
Board of WHO is meeting 20-25 January. The main functions of the Executive
Board are to give effect to the decisions and policies of the World Health
Assembly, advise it and generally to facilitate its work.
Executive Board Meeting, 20-25 January 2014:
For more information please
Ms Nursila Dewi, Communication
WHO Country Office for Indonesia, Jakarta.
Tel: 021-520 4349, facs: 021-520 1164,