Dr Marthe M. Everard (The Netherlands) is currently the WHO Representative to Somalia, since May 2008. The WHO Representative acts under the authority of the WHO Director-General and the Regional Director, on behalf of the Organization as a whole, and is the Senior Officer responsible for all aspects of the collaborative activities of WHO in the country, including establishes and maintains close contact with the highest levels of the National Health Administration and related Agencies.
From 1984 – 1986, she worked as a qualified Pharmacist in the Dhamar Governorate Health Services Project, Republic of Yemen, which was a bilateral project of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs/ DGIS. In 1987 she joined WHO, as Associate Professional Officer, with the National Programme of Essential Drugs, Conakry, Guinea (1987 – 1989), and with the Nile Province Essential Drugs Project, Atbara, Sudan (1990-1991). From 1992 – 1996 she worked at WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO) in Alexandria, Egypt, as Technical Officer for the Regional Essential Drugs Programme and the Regional Traditional Medicine Programme. From September 1997 – August 1999, she was the Manager of WHO Collaborating Centre for Training on Drug Management and Pharmacy Practice at the School of Pharmacy, The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK. From September 1999 – April 2008 she worked at WHO/HQ in Geneva, Switzerland, with the Department of Medicines Policy and Standards as Technical Officer for the Policy, Access, and Rational Drugs (PAR) team.
She has a PharmD from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine/ London School of Economics and Political Science. She has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical sector of developing countries, and in overall strengthening of the performance of health systems, with special attention to governmental and non-governmental medicines supply systems.