About WHO Representative
Dr. Jos Vandelaer is the World Health Organization Representative to Nepal.
Prior to taking up his current position, Dr Vandelaer was Chief of UNICEF’s global Immunization program, based in New York, USA. In this function he led UNICEF’s HQ Immunization Team of about 20 professionals, and was responsible for strategy development, program management and coordination.
He has worked in the field of immunization since 1996, and has held immunization-related positions at the World Health Organization in the Philippines, India, and Myanmar, and – as a UNICEF secondee – in WHO/Geneva.
He started his career with Medecins Sans Frontieres in 1986, working in emergencies in Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Surinam, and Thailand. Later he worked in migration/refugee health for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Vietnam and Croatia/Bosnia-Hercegovina and for UNHCR in Myanmar.
Dr. Vandelaer holds a Medical Doctor degree from the University of Leuven (Belgium), a diploma in Tropical Medicine from the Antwerp Institute for Tropical Medicine (Belgium), and a Masters degree in Public Health from Harvard University (USA). He speaks English, French and Dutch and is a national of Belgium.