Dr Naseri appointed Director General of Health in Samoa

Leausa Dr Take Naseri, Samoa, Chief Executive Officer and Director General of the Ministry of Health

Samoa Cabinet at its meeting Tuesday approved Dr Naseri’s appointment.

Four applicants were interviewed for the position and the panel upon their meticulous assessment of each of the applicants’ merits recommended Dr. Naseri to the post.

Dr Naseri holds a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from the University of Queensland, Australia and a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from the University of Papua New Guinea.

He was a student of Samoa College. Dr Naseri is a registered practicing physician and has served Samoa in the Medical Profession for over 25 years. He had also served in American Samoa and in New Zealand in the fields of Anaesthesia and ICU, Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases and Population Health.

Dr Naseri was the Consultant Specialist Physician, Public Health and Assistant Chief Executive Officer in 2010 with the Ministry of Health and was appointed as the CEO/Director General in 2014.

Among his many achievements entail establishing and developing Samoa’s National Disease Surveillance (NDS) and International Health Regulations (IHR) Division within the Ministry in 2012.

His population health background and distinguished clinical experience with his visionary approach, contributed to Samoa’s implementation of the WHO NCD Package of Essential Non-communicable disease interventions (PEN), in the context of Samoa, now called the PEN Fa’asamoa. 

He was conferred the award of the “Best Proposal” at the Pacific Health Ministers Meeting’s 20th Anniversary Yanuca in Fiji 2014. 

He also led Samoa’s first side event on NCDs at the WHO World Health Assembly (WHA) 2014 and the Small Island Developing States (SIDs) Conference, the same year.

Under Dr Naseri’s guidance, the health sector in September 2017 was the first to develop a Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Strategy for Samoa. The policy enabled the mainstreaming of climate change and health instruments across-sectors, and also assures the integrating of the IHR. 2005 and the Asia Pacific Strategy for Emergencies and Emerging Diseases III (APSED III); into all aspects of the strategy.

Of significance, as the Director General of Health, DrNaseri since mid-2017 has led the re-organization of the realigned health system; with emphasis on prevention, research and population health. This further strengthens emphasis on patient-focused and on population health, targeting the decentralising of health resources to communities and grassroots’ levels


Photo supplied. Caption: Leausa Dr Take Naseri