Singapore is a small country with a total land area of 712 square kilometres. The total population is about 5.1 million, with a resident population of 3.8 million in 2010. The population is relatively young, with only 9.0% of the resident population aged 65 and over, although that proportion is projected to increase to 19% by 2030.
In 2010, life expectancy at birth for males was 79.3 years and 84.1 years for females. The crude birth rate for 2010 was 9.3 per 1000 resident population and the crude death rate was 4.4 per 1000. The total fertility rate per resident female is 1.2. The infant mortality rate is very low, at 2.0 per 1000 live births.
In May 1953, Singapore was assigned to the Western Pacific Region at the Sixth World Health Assembly ''without prejudice to any questions regarding sovereignty'' as an Area. Although Singapore was technically a member of WHO while at the same time belonging to the Federation of Malaysia, it withdrew from the Federation on 9 August 1965 to become an independent sovereign state and on 25 February 1966, Singapore joined WHO in its own right.
The WHO Representative Office in Singapore was established in May 1956 and covered Singapore, the Federation of Malaya, the Borneo territories and certain islands in the South Pacific. It covered Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia and Singapore since the WHO Representative Office in the South Pacific was established in 1959 in Sydney, Australia. In 1964, Singapore Office was transferred in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and is now covered by the WHO Representative Office in Malaysia.
WHO Country Office
World Health Organization 1st Floor, Wisma UN, Block C, Komplek Pejabat Damansara, Jalan Dungun, Damansara Heights 50490 Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia
P.O. Box 12550 50782 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
(603) 20939908; (603) 20921184
08.00 - 12.00 13.00 - 16.30 (Monday to Friday)
Ministry of Health
College of Medicine Building, 16 College Road, Singapore 169854
Telephone number:(65) 6325 9220
(65) 6224 1677