Prof. Dr. Quazi Monirul Islam is the Representative of the World Health Organisation Country Office in Windhoek, Namibia, since March 2014. Dr. Islam provides WHO’s strategic, policy and programmatic guidance towards the health sector of Namibia. Together with his team and along with health development partners, he supports the Ministry of Health and Social Services in its reform agenda to strengthen the health system and deliver improved health outcomes. Prior to his position in Namibia, Dr. Islam has gained extensive work experience in Asia. He was Acting WHO Representative in Thailand from December 2012 until August 2013. From Bangkok, Dr. Islam moved to the South East Asia Regional Office of the World Health Organisation in New Delhi, India. In India he started as the Director of the Family Health and Research Department in 2010 and took up the duties of Acting Deputy Regional Director in 2013 as well as the position of Director for the Health System and Development Department. Dr. Islam is a public health specialist qualified from Dhaka University, Bangladesh and received a Master in Public Health from the Amsterdam University and the Royal Tropical Institute in the Netherlands. He was awarded the title Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and
Gynaecologists (FRCOG) by the Royal College of Obstetric and Gynaecology, UK. He worked in a rural health complex in Bangladesh before going to Botswana in 1981. There he worked for ten years as a Medical Officer in District Hospitals as Hospital Superintendent and as a Senior District Medical Officer responsible for all Primary Health Care programmes. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands as a Public Health Consultant advising the Ministry on their bilateral and multilateral contributions to health and population-related programmes and projects. In 1992 Dr. Islam was invited to join the Global Programme on AIDS in the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland and was responsible for Sexually Transmitted Diseases programmes. Thereafter he joined the Reproductive Health Programme as Chief of Population and Family Planning Unit and subsequently as Team Coordinator in the Reproductive Health and Research Department. In 2002, he was appointed as Director of the Family and Community Health Department in the WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia, New Delhi, India, which included Reproductive Health and Research, Making Pregnancy Safer, Child and Adolescent Health, Nutrition, Nursing and Midwifery, Human Resources and Essential Drugs programme. From 2005 until 2010, Dr. Islam was the Director of the Geneva based WHO Department for Safer Pregnancy, responsible for maternal and new-born health.