Yuka Makino has been a technical officer of oral health at the WHO Regional Office for Africa since August 2019. Her main responsibilities are to implement the Regional Oral Health Strategy 2016-2025 and the Regional Noma Control Programme through supporting Member States to develop and implement the national oral health policy/action plan; and building the capacity of the focal points of oral health in the ministry of health to accelerate oral health agenda.
Before moving to the WHO Regional Office for Africa, she was a technical officer at the health promotion unit at WHO HQ. She contributed to developing various technical guidance, including Ending childhood dental caries: WHO implementation manual.
She holds a PhD in Preventive Dentistry, an MSc in Public Health (Health Promotion), and a Doctor of Dental Surgery.