Dr Corinne Capuano, Director of Pacific Technical Support/WHO Representative

Dr Corinne Capuano has been appointed Director of Pacific Technical Support and WHO Representative to the South Pacific as of 29 October 2016. Prior to her appointment, Dr Capuano was the Director of the Office of the Regional Director for the Western Pacific, based in Manila, since March 2012. She was also the coordinator for external relations and communications for the Western Pacific Region.

Dr Capuano has been in the Western Pacific Region since 1998. She started her WHO career as a TB consultant at the WHO Office in Port Vila, Vanuatu then worked as an epidemiologist and later as the Country Liaison Officer for four years from 2002 to 2006.

In October 2006, Dr Capuano moved to the office of the WHO Representative for the South Pacific in Fiji to lead the Pacific Program to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis. Dr Capuano brought to the program her experience and understanding of the work at country level and a new and innovative vision. In 2007 she undertook a series of surveys that provided the necessary scientific evidence to redefine the programme and develop country-tailored strategies. She also initiated and led the development of the first Post-Mass Drug Administration Surveillance Strategy for Lymphatic Filariasis.

In 2009, she was appointed the WHO Representative for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam, based in Malaysia, where she served until March 2012.

Before joining WHO Dr Corinne Capuano worked as a private practitioner and as a clinician in emergency departments. She later joined the French Ministry of Health as a Public Health Medical Inspector. Dr Capuano was also a member of Médecins du Monde, and between 1989 and 1991 together with her husband - a surgeon – she worked with this NGO at the rehabilitation of Calmette Hospital, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

She holds a Doctorate in Medicine with a specialization in Public Health. She also has a Master in Political Sciences, a Master in Medical Law and a Diploma in Tropical and Parasitic Diseases from the University of Paris.

Dr Corinne Capuano is married and has three children.

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