Yemen | WHO Representative

Dr Ahmed F. Shadoul

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Dr Ahmed F Shadoul, who Representative for AfghanistanDr Ahmed F Shadoul, WHO Representative for Yemen

Dr Ahmed F. Shadoul was reassigned to the post of WHO Representative for Yemen in May 2013. Previously, he was WHO Representative for Afghanistan.

Dr Shadoul first joined WHO as a medical officer for maternal, neonatal and child health in 2003 in Afghanistan. He then moved to WHO Pakistan as maternal, neonatal and child health officer. Dr Shadoul also has extensive experience in managing and coordinating health emergencies and humanitarian crises and was acting WHO Representative in Pakistan during the major floods in Pakistan in 2010.

Prior to joining WHO, Dr Shadoul worked as as paediatrician and public health expert with the Ministry of Health in Sudan as manager of the national acute respiratory infection control programme, national coordinator of the Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses (IMCI) programme and Director General of Primary Health Care. Based on his outstanding professional performance, he was appointed as State Minister of Health of Sudan from 2001 to 2003. Dr Shadoul is one of the global pioneers who introduced the IMCI programme in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. Before joining WHO, he worked for two years as Chief of Health and Nutrition for UNICEF in Sudan.

Dr Shadoul graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Khartoum, and obtained his postgraduate degree as a paediatrician from Liverpool University, United Kingdom. Dr Shadoul’s research interest includes maternal health, neonatal health and child health and he has published articles in various medical journals. Dr Shadoul is married with four children.

Dr Shadoul is a very popular Sudanese poet and his six published volumes of poetry are well known. Verses from his poetry have been used by Sudanese song writers in more than 100 popular Sudanese songs.

Key health-related statistics

Total population (000s) 25 235
Total health expenditure (% of general government expenditure) 3.9
Primary health care units and centres (per 10 000 population) 1.5
Life expectancy 64.0

Source: Country statistical profiles 2016

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