Dr Palitha Gunarathna Mahipala was appointed WHO Representative in Pakistan in April 2019.
Dr Mahipala is a medical specialist by profession. Before joining WHO, he was working as the Director-General of Health Services, Additional Secretary of Health and Deputy Director of General Public Health Services, Government of Sri Lanka. He is qualified in the fields of public health, health sector management, business administration and economic development.
He has work experience with internaional organizations like the Global Fund and Gavi - the Vaccine Alliance. He was a lecturer and examiner at the postgraduate institute of Medicine in Sri Lanka. He has published articles in many national and international journals.