World Health Organization

Resident Representative: Dr. Thushara Fernando


Since DPRK became a WHO member-state in 1972, WHO has provided over US$ 140 million to support to the countries’ public health needs.

The office of WHO in DPRK was established in 1997 as Humanitarian Office and expanded to Office of WHO Representative in 2001. The overall goal of the World Health Organization in DPRK between 2001 and 2013 is largely to promote evidence-based policy formulation, technical assistance, monitoring and evaluation, resource mobilization and direct implementation of projects, as the country continues to develop its own capacity for implementation. In doing so, WHO is orienting its contribution towards building capacity (human resources and commodity) for sustainable health development and away from consumption/supply-oriented activities. It works in collaboration with bilateral and multilateral partners, international NGOs, UN agencies, and other stakeholders.