Director-General

Dr Shin Young-soo

WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific

Dr Shin Young-soo

Dr Shin Young-soo took up the position of the WHO's Regional Director for the Western Pacific on 1 February 2009. He is a South Korean national.

Dr Shin's four priority areas of work in the Western Pacific Region are as follows.

  • WHO must continue to help its Member States respond to public health emergencies and risks, including newly emerging and re-emerging diseases, pandemics and the threat from climate change.
  • Secondly, it must accelerate progress towards achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals by strengthening health infrastructure at country level, particularly primary health care and health workforces.
  • Thirdly, it must work to improve health within the overall context of social development. Access to health services, along with sanitation, roads and other facilities, is part of the engine that drives growth.
  • Finally, it needs to ensure through its efforts that its leading role in public health is recognized by its partners, and that its work is done with maximum efficiency and in a coordinated manner.
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