Dr Syed Jaffar Hussain (Pakistan) was reassigned from the post of WHO Representative in Iraq, to the post of WHO Representative in Libya, on 1 September 2015.
Prior to that, he had been Regional Adviser for Healthy Lifestyle Promotion at the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean. Dr Hussain holds a Doctorate in Public Health from Atlantic International University, United States, and a Master Degree in Hospital and Health Services Management from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom. Prior to joining WHO Regional Office, Dr Hussain held the positions of Project Officer Child Health, UNICEF, Pakistan, WHO National Operations Officer for the Integrated Management of Childhood Health programme, Pakistan, and Health Coordinator in the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Pakistan, from 1997 to January 2003. During his assignment as Health Coordinator in UNHCR, he was also responsible for primary health care in Afghanistan.
Dr Hussain worked as Assistant Director of the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI), Assistant District Health Officer, Deputy Medical Superintendent Government Psychiatric Hospital, Peshawar, and National Programme Manager for Lady Health Programme for Primary Health Care and Family Planning for the Ministry of Health Pakistan from 1990 to 1997. Dr Hussain worked extensively in emergency settings, particularly focusing on post-emergency health system strengthening in the Region and was assigned as team leader by WHO Regional Director in earthquake in Pakistan in 2005 and the recent floods in July–August 2010.
Dr Hussain was appointed as Regional Advisor Healthy Lifestyle Promotion (RA/HLP) effective 26 February 2006, the post which he had been occupying as Short Term Professional from 1 January 2004. As RA/HLP he was responsible for health promotion/injury and violence prevention as disability. During his stay as RA/HLP, he has actively been engaged in the WHO global policy exercises including the medium term strategic plan, the general programme of work, etc. Since September 2009, Dr Hussain has been appointed as Regional Ombudsperson by the Regional Director.