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Mamun_MalikDr Sk Md Mamunur Rahman Malik, WHO Representative in SomaliaDr Sk Md Mamunur Rahman Malik joined the WHO country office in Somalia as Head of Mission and WHO Representative on 7 March 2019. Dr Malik is a medical epidemiologist by training and has a special interest in building health systems for crisis management, including prevention and control of emerging infectious diseases outbreaks. Planning and managing public health programmes for resilient health systems and mobilizing resources and donor coordination for health system development are his key skills.  

He has over 15 years of work experience on infectious disease surveillance and response to outbreaks and other public health crisis. Dr Malik worked as Manager of the Infectious Hazards Management Programme under the Department of Health Emergencies in the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean from June 2016 to March 2019 during which period he led and managed the work of the Regional Office in the prevention and control of epidemic- and pandemic-prone diseases.

Previously, he worked as a Coordinator for the Health Security and Preparedness Cluster of the Regional Office from 2014 to 2016 and established the programme for prevention, detection and response to health security threats in WHO's Eastern Mediterranean Region and also coordinated work with Member States build and monitor national core capacities required under the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005), improve health emergency preparedness for all hazards and improve capacities of public health laboratories for detection and diagnosis of high-threat pathogens.

Dr Malik led the regional operational response to several emerging infectious disease outbreaks, including Middle East respiratory syndrome, cholera, Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever, yellow fever, Rift valley fever, dengue and chikungunya, avian influenza and meningococcal meningitis that were reported in the countries of WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region between 2004 to 2018. He was also the Regional Adviser for Pandemic and Epidemic Disease programme of WHO Regional Office from 2014 to 2016.

Has worked in Darfur in Sudan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Syria, South Sudan and Afghanistan in different capacities. He has special interest in health system capacity-building.  

Dr Malik has a bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery (M.B.B.S.) from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Postgraduate Diploma in Health Economics and a Master’s Degree in Health Economics from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. A Bangladeshi by nationality, has over 50 publications in peer-reviewed medical journals and a number of books and chapters in books to his credit. He has presented scientific papers and abstracts in many international scientific meetings and conferences.

Dr Mamunur Rahman Malik
WHO Country Representative
Mogadishu, Somalia
Mob: +252 619235467 (Somalia)
GPN: 68344
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Key health-related statistics

Total population (000s)12 316
Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) 732
Total life expectancy at birth (years) 55.4

Source: Framework for health information systems and core indicators for monitoring health situation and health system performance, 2018

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