Dr Takeshi Kasai nominated WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific

MSc Public Health for Developing Countries alumnus (1996), Dr Takeshi Kasai has been nominated as the WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific.

Dr Kasai has worked in public health for over 28 years with much of his experience focusing on tackling emerging infectious diseases locally, globally and nationally. He places great importance on the improvement of health systems, as he views this as key to improving health outcomes. His commitment to strengthening health systems is demonstrated through his long track record of health achievements. This includes introducing and expanding the DOTS strategy for tuberculosis control across the Western Pacific Region, which he achieved during his tenure as a WHO Medical Officer from 2000-2003.

Professor Piot said: “Dr Kasai’s public health expertise ranges from delivering health services in the most remote settings to developing global approaches to infectious disease control. I warmly congratulate our alumnus Dr Kasai on his appointment.”

Dr Kasai is currently the Director of Programme Management and the Deputy Regional Director at the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office; he has been in post since 2014. Prior to this, he served as the WHO Representative for Vietnam from 2012 to 2014. He will begin his five-year term as WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific on 1 February, succeeding Dr Shin Young-soo. Dr Kasai will work alongside fellow LSHTM alumni MSc in Community Health for Developing Countries alumna (1986) Dr Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, and MSc Community Health in Developing Countries alumna (1982) Dr Carissa F. Etienne, WHO Regional Director for the Americas.

Congratulations Dr Kasai on your appointment. We are proud to have you as part of our alumni community!

Image of Dr Kasai courtesy of the WHO Western Pacific Office.

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