(Left to right: WHO Liaison Officer Dr. Sevil Huseynova, FSM Foreign Affairs Secretary Lorin Robert, WHO Representative and Director of Pacific Technical Support Dr. Liu Yunguo)
On Monday October 6, 2014, Dr. Liu Yunguo presented his letter of credentials to the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) Foreign Affairs Secretary Lorin Robert as the new World Health Organization (WHO) Representative and Director of Pacific Technical Support to the South Pacific (including Northern Micronesia). Secretary Lorin Robert congratulated Dr. Liu Yunguo for his formal accreditation and welcomed him for the visit to the nation’s capital.
In part of expressing his appreciation, Secretary Robert recognized the significant investments and modest successes by WHO. With this guidance, the health sector has been identified as being one of the important sectors under the amended Compact for the FSM. With the building efforts in mind, Dr. Liu Yunguo expressed that WHO will continue its role in providing technical support to FSM health workforce with the aim to strengthen the health system to its fullest capacity. WHO and the FSM will continue to work together to address pressing challenges like Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD), communicable diseases and outbreaks. To achieve overall health sector goals, flexibility and regional collaboration is needed to mull strategies for a significant boost.
Dr. Liu Yunguo was awarded a Doctor of Medicine from Tongji Medical University and received his Masters from the University of California, Berkley in Public Health. The new appointed WHO Representative and Pacific Technical Support Director to the Pacific is based in Suva, Fiji.