WHO Representative in Mongolia
Dr. Wiwat Rojanapithayakorn is the Representative of the World Health Organization in Mongolia. He has been working with WHO since 2002 in the capacities of Medical Officer of WHO Mongolia (2002-2004), HIV/AIDS Team Leader of WHO China (2005-2008) and the current position since 2009. Before joining WHO he was the Team leader of UNAIDS Southeast Asia and Pacific Inter-Country Team based in Bangkok (for 2.5 years). He had worked in Ministry of Public Health of Thailand for 23 years in different capacities such as director of 2 community hospital, chief of epidemiology section of venereal disease division, the first director of national AIDS programme, the director of a regional office of communicable disease control, the first director of the dengue control office, a chief medical officer and a senior advisor in disease control. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 publications in English and Thai, and was editor or chief editor of over 10 public health journals.
In 1989, Dr Wiwat created the 100% Condom Use Programme (CUP) which has been subsequently implemented throughout Thailand and replicated in many countries in Asia. The approach has been widely recognized as an effective intervention for HIV/STI prevention. In 2010, he received a Prince Mahidol Award in Public Health from his efforts in the development and scaling-up the 100% CUP which prevented millions of HIV infection in Thailand and some Asian countries.
Dr Wiwat has a B.Sc., an M.D. and M.P.H. from Mahidol University in Thailand.