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WHO Representative Office in Viet Nam

Viet Nam joined WHO on 17 May 1950. At the time of joining, it was one of the French Union's Associate States. It obtained its independence in 1955 with the country divided into North and South. When the Viet Nam War ended in 1975, North and South were merged to form the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

On 1 January 1956, the WHO Representative Office in Saigon was established and covered Cambodia, the Lao People's Democratic Republic and Viet Nam. The Office was relieved of its duties over Cambodia and the Lao People's Democratic Republic in April 1962 and January 1968, respectively, when a WHO Representative Office was established in each country. In 1975, the Office was closed in abeyance. Following the country’s unification in 1975, the WHO Representative Office was opened in Ha Noi, Viet Nam in 1977.

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WHO Representative in the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam : Kasai, Dr Takeshi