WHO Representative to Namibia

Professor and Dr. Quazi Monirul Islam is the Representative of the World Health Organization 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 Organization 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 of “Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists” (FRCOG) by the Royal College of Obstetric and Gynaecology, UK.

Additionally, 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 the Hospital Superintendent and as the Senior District Medical Officer responsible for all Primary Health Care programs. Finally, 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 population­related programs and projects.