WHO Regional Director for the Eastern
Dr Ala Alwan assumed his duties as WHO Regional
Director for the Eastern Mediterranean on 1 February 2012. From 2008 until
the end of 2011, he was Assistant Director-General for Noncommunicable Diseases
and Mental Health at WHO headquarters, where he led WHO’s work that resulted in
the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2011 of the
Political Declaration on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases.