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 WHO Executive Board appoints Dr Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti as new Regional Director for Africa


GENEVA, 27 January 2015  -- The WHO Executive Board, currently holding its 136th session, has appointed Dr Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti as the new Regional Director for WHO's Africa Region. Dr Moeti was nominated Regional Director by the health ministers of the 47 Member States of the WHO African Region at the annual Regional Committee for Africa in Cotonou, Benin, in November 2014. Dr Moeti will take up her appointment for a five-year term on 1 February 2015, succeeding Dr Luis Gomes Sambo who has served as Regional Director for the past 10 years.

rd-off-phDr Luis Gomes Sambo, of Angola, was unanimously re-elected by the 59th session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee (RC) for Africa as WHO Regional Director for Africa. The 126th session of the WHO Executive Board (EB) re-appointed him to serve a second five-year term from 1 February 2010. His first mandate was from 1 February 2005 to 31 January 2010.

He qualified as a medical doctor from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Angola and obtained a Diploma of specialist in Public Health from the Portuguese Medical Association. He holds a PhD degree in Management from the University of Hull, UK.Complete biography.

"I believe that if WHO funding was more flexible and predictable, we could address health issues in a more holistic manner using systems approach and providing a more efficient support to Member States “.
Dr Luís Gomes Sambo - Excerpt from inaugural speech as the WHO Regional Director for Africa

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