Dr Mark Jacobs is Director, Communicable Diseases for WHO’s Western Pacific Region. He oversees teams helping the 37 countries and areas of the region tackle a wide range of important communicable diseases, such as malaria, tuberculosis, HIV, vaccine- preventable diseases, hepatitis, STIs, vector-borne diseases and neglected tropical diseases.
Dr Jacobs took up this role in 2013. Prior to that he has had a series of senior public health leadership roles: most recently he was New Zealand’s Director of Public Health from 2004-2013. Before that he managed the Public Health Programme at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, and earlier had important public health roles at state and regional levels in Australia.
He has qualifications in Medicine, Public Health and Health Services Management, and his interests include developing healthy public policy, strengthening disease surveillance, strengthening all hazards emergency preparedness, and working across sectors to improve health.