Prof Quazi Monirul Islam is the Senior Specialist (Health System) at the Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. He joined the Centre in February 2017 and is responsible for coordinating a Global Fund-supported programme: Quality Improvement of Integrated HIV, TB and Malaria services in ANC and PNC facilities in several countries in Africa and Asia. He retired as WHO Country Representative to Namibia in January 2017.
Prof Islam is a public health specialist with extensive experience in Health System, disease outbreaks, communicable disease, PHC programmes, Maternal and Child Health, and Sexual and Reproductive Health. He qualified from Dhaka University, Bangladesh and received a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from Amsterdam University and the Royal Tropical Institute in the Netherlands. He was awarded FRCOG by the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, UK; Fellowship from the Canadian Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics and Indian College of Gynaecology and Obstetrics. He is a Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of Prince Songkla University, Thailand. Prof Islam teaches at Tokyo University, Japan; Uppsala University, Sweden; Brescia University, Italy; Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and London School of Hygiene: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Switzerland; Royal Tropical Institute, Netherland and at Prince Songkla University, Thailand. He supervises PhD students and is a PhD examiner at Price Songkla University.
Prof Islam worked in a rural health complex in Bangladesh before going to Botswana in 1981. He worked there for ten years as a Medical Officer in District Hospitals, a Hospital Superintendent and a Senior District Medical Officer responsible for all Primary Health Care programmes. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands as a Public Health Consultant, advising the Ministry on their bilateral and multilateral contributions to health- and population-related programmes and projects. In 1992, he was invited to join the Global Programme on AIDS in the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland and was responsible for the Sexually Transmitted Diseases programme. He thereafter joined the Reproductive Health Programme as Chief of Population and Family Planning Unit and subsequently as Team Coordinator, Norms and Tools in the Reproductive Health and Research Department.
In 2002, he was appointed as Director of the Family and Community Health Department in the WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia, New Delhi, India. This department included Reproductive Health and Research, Making Pregnancy Safer, Child and Adolescent Health, Nutrition, Nursing and Midwifery, Human Resources and Essential Drugs programme. Dr Islam then took up the post of Director of Making Pregnancy Safer in Geneva in January 2005, with global responsibility for maternal and newborn health. In 2010, he was appointed as Director of the Health System and Development department in WHO South East Asia Regional Office. In 2012, he was assigned as the WHO Representative to Thailand and returned to the WHO Regional Office in 2013 as Director of the Health System and Development department.
Prof Islam has closely worked with World Bank, African and Asian Development Bank, UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Human Rights, UNHCR and UNDP. He has visited and provided policy and strategic support to over 90 countries in six continents.