Career goal: Zhongfei seeks to become a leader in government sectors to make policies for a healthier world.
Internship outline: During his internship with the Unit for the Management of Non-communicable Diseases (MND) at the World Health Organization, Zhongfei updated a checklist for assessing national Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) action plans. Developing a national NCD action plan is part of a systematic approach to reduce the incidence, morbidity and mortality of NCDs and to improve the quality of life in a country. Zhongfei’ checklist would engage countries in a comprehensive self-assessment of essential components of their national NCD action plans. Zhongfei also assisted the government of Indonesia in editing their national NCD action plan and identify prioritized actions. Additionally, he assisted in updating a WHO web-based tools for developing national NCD action plans, which can be found on WHO website.
Value of experience: This experience taught me about the multi-driving forces behind the public health decision-making. I came to understand that WHO mostly provides technique support and makes guidelines. It does not have enforcement power or political power on regional public health decision-making. Also, I understand that national public health goals and targets should be specific, feasible, and prioritized based on their own public health status and economic status, not merely copy WHO’s recommendation. For example, when I assisted Indonesia government in editing their national non-communicable disease action plan, I needed to take their public health status and specific needs into account.
Best moment/experience: During the 69th World Health Assembly, WHO’s 194 member states – including a large proportion of the world’s health ministers – gave speeches about their national health status and accomplishment. It was interesting and invigorating to listen to visions, strategies, challenges and concerns of different countries.
Funding source: John D. Thompson Award
World Health Organization Headquarters, Geneva
WHO main building was decorated with flags of 194 Member States during the World Health Assembly.
The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO. Some 3500 delegates from WHO’s 194 Member States – including a large proportion of the world’s health ministers - are attending the 69th WHA. It determines the policies of the Organization, appoint the Director-General, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed programme budget.
Committee A at the World Health Assembly. It is invigorating to listen to different visions, strategies, challenges and concerns of different countries.
Delegates pose with we superhero team (yes, the Flash is me) at a display promoting "World Health Day 2016: Beat diabetes”.
My cozy office.
Photo with the coordinator of the Unit for the Management of Non-communicable Diseases.
The objective of the WHO is printed on the wall, “the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.”
A lazy afternoon in Spiez, a beautiful town on the shore of Lake Thun.
On the Top of the Europe- Jungfrau, one of the main summits of the Bernese Alps, which was declared a World Heritage Site in 2001.