Friday, 27 February 2015

WHO Africa's Regional Director

 60 year old Dr. Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti, the Public health veteran from Botswana made history as the first female appointed by the WHO to become Africa' s regional director on January 27, 2015.

Dr. Moeti took up her appointment on February 1, 2015 succeeding Dr Luis Gomes Sambo who served for 10 years.

Dr Moeti joined WHO’s Africa Regional Office in 1999 and started her career working on HIV/AIDS. She has served as Assistant Regional Director from 2008-2011, and also as Director of Noncommunicable Diseases. Prior to WHO she worked with UNAIDS as a Team Leader of the Africa and Middle East Desk in Geneva (1997-1999) and was Regional Health Advisor for UNICEF’s Regional Office for East and Southern Africa.

Dr Matshidiso Moeti completed her medical and public health (Community Health for Developing Countries) degrees from the University of London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine respectively.

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