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WHO Executive Board appoints regional directors

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The WHO Executive Board, currently holding its 124th session in Geneva, has appointed Dr Shin Young-soo as Regional Director for the Western Pacific Region, and reappointed Dr Samlee Plianbangchang for a second term as Regional Director for the South-East Asia Region.

Dr Shin Young-soo, 65, of the Republic of Korea succeeds Dr Shigeru Omi of Japan, who served two terms as Regional Director. Dr Shin, until recently Professor of Health Policy and Management at the College of Medicine, Seoul National University, has longstanding connections with WHO, having undertaken more than 30 assignments with the Organization as an adviser and consultant, and having on a number of occasions served on its Executive Board as the representative of the Republic of Korea. He is a graduate of the College of Medicine, Seoul National University and holds an MPH from its School of Public Health in addition to a Ph.D. degree in Health Policy and Management from Yale University.

Dr Samlee served for 16 years at WHO, and worked in several key positions in the Ministry of Public Health, Royal Thai Government including as Director, Technical Division, Department of Medical Services. He graduated from the University of Medical Sciences in Bangkok; and holds a Master's degree in Public Health and Tropical Medicine and Doctor of Public Health degree from Tulane University.

The WHO Executive Board is comprised of representatives from 34 Member States. The main functions of the Executive Board are to give effect to the decisions and policies of the World Health Assembly, to advise it and generally facilitate its work.

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Daniel Epstein
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WHO, Geneva
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Fadéla Chaib
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WHO, Geneva
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