Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh

Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh is the Regional Director of WHO South-East Asia Region. She was elected by the 11 Member States of the Region in September 2013 and subsequently appointed by the WHO Executive Board at its 134th session in January. Dr Khetrapal Singh is an Indian national and the first woman to hold this post.

Dr Khetrapal Singh started her five year term as Regional Director on 1 February 2014.

She served for over two decades as a civil servant in India as member of the Indian Administrative Services. She was the Health Secretary of the State of Punjab, with a population of 22 million and a health budget of US$ 350 million.



Message on World Health Day 2017


Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh with Amitabh Bachchan during World Hepatitis Day meeting in held Mumbai on 28 July 2016
Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh with Dr. Nila F Moeloek, Minister of Health of the Republic of Indonesia.
Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh with Abdulla Nazim Ibrahim, Minister of Health of the Republic of the Maldives
Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh presenting an award to the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, Dr Rui Maria de Araújo for WHO World No Tobacco Day, Dili, Timor-Leste.
Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh with General Prayut Chan-O-Cha, Prime Minister of Thailand and Dr Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, Minister of Public Health Thailand.
Regional Director, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh with His Excellency Mr J P Nadda, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, India and His Excellency Mr Yasuhisa Shiozaki, Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan

World Health Organization
Regional Office for South-East Asia

World Health House
Indraprastha Estate
Mahatma Gandhi Marg
New Delhi 110 002, India
E-mail: sereg@who.int
Telephone: +91-11-23370804, 23370809-11