The WHO/African Region is serving 46 countries. The challenges of the continent are numerous. WHO's Member States in the region are generally challenged with slow economic growth and a high level of poverty, with more than 39% of the population living on less than US$ 1 a day.

The continent bears 66% of the global burden of AIDS and 60% of the global burden of malaria. The prevalence of TB is 492 cases per 100,000 of the population, the average maternal mortality ratio is 1,000 per 100,000 live births, and the under-five mortality rate is about 157 per 1,000 live births. Adding low life expectancy at birth to the already high incidents of road accidents, cardiovascular diseases, and anemia to the already significant burdens represented by malaria, TB and HIV/AIDS, the continent carries one of the highest burden of disease in the world.

AFRO has to enhance its ability in general and its WCOs in particular to respond to the needs of countries through strategic partnerships. It is envisaged that the partnerships for health outcomes will benefit the divisions in AFRO and assist countries in bringing their current efforts to scale, enhance the coordination and harmonization of efforts to prevent overlap and duplication of efforts and ultimately pool the resources (human, financial, institutional and operational) at regional and country levels to achieve international or nationally agreed upon health goals and objectives.

Competition for donor funding for health has also significantly increased and AFRO has to be prepared to position itself prominently not only with regards to its peer agencies, but also increasingly to highlight its comparative advantages and complementary offerings vis-à-vis academia, research oriented private institutions, fund management institutions and civil society, who all represent important partner organizations.

Unit Coordinator


Mr Bernardino Cardoso

Tel.: +47 241 39322 - Fax: +47 241 39519

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