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  • Dr Moeti’s interview with Africa Renewal: We can improve health systems in Africa WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti underscores that countries should strengthen the leadership and governance of health sectors, should be more innovative in raising revenues from domestic sources and ensuring that all of their populations have access to essential health services, should also improve the quality of health services and the safety of patient and health workers, and build partnerships with civil society and other partners in order to expand access and should invest in district and community…
  • Dr Moeti proposes actions to address fake medical products Brazzaville, 22 August 2016 – Every day, fake medicines and medical products are sold at street corners, in open air markets or on unregulated websites in several countries in the African Region. These poor quality, unsafe medicines and products promote drug resistance and lead to loss of confidence in health professionals, pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors and in health systems.
  • WHO celebrates more than 40 years of success in the control of onchocerciasis or "river blindness" Ouagadougou, 15 July 2016 – WHO celebrates, from 14 to 15 July 2016, more than 40 years of success in the control of onchocerciasis or "river blindness", a parasitic disease whose vector is an insect that reproduces itself in water. The event was launched yesterday morning, at Laïco hotel, Ouagadougou, by the Head of State of Burkina Faso, President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, in presence of the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, several African health ministers (Benin,…
  • President Buhari and WHO Regional Director agree on the need to increase domestic funding for health Abuja, 13 July 2016 - His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari has agreed with Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director (RD) for Africa, on the need for increasing domestic funding for health in Nigeria.
  • Ministers assure WHO Regional Director that health is a key priority for Nigeria Abuja, 12 July 2016 - Nigeria’s Minister of Budget and Planning and his counterpart in the Ministry of Finance on 11 July, 2016 in Abuja, separately assured the visiting WHO Regional Director (RD) for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, that health remains a key priority of government.Both ministers gave the RD their commitments towards increasing federal budgetary allocation for the health sector in 2017 in order to help the sector implement government's priority of revitalizing primary health care (PHC) and putting…
  • WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, calls on African countries to adopt plain packaging of tobacco products Brazzaville, 31 May 2016 - The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, is calling on countries in the Region to prioritize the adoption of stronger warnings on tobacco products including plain packaging.Dr Moeti's message comes as the global community commemorates World No Tobacco Day, under the theme: “Get Ready for Plain packaging.”
  • Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, calls for change in approach to health systems strengthening to achieve the SDGs Johannesburg, 06 May 2016 – The World Health Organization Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti has called for a change in approach from treating single diseases to promoting health, and to investing in strong national health systems in order to be able to deliver on people’s demands and expectations.
  • WHO Director General and WHO Regional Director for Africa Conclude Official Visit to Angola 7 April 2016, Luanda – The World Health Organization Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti and the Director-General of WHO, Dr Margaret Chan have concluded a three-day official visit to Angola. The visit aimed at assessing the ongoing efforts to prevent and control the yellow fever epidemic which has gripped the country since December 2015, and to identify ways of further strengthening support to Angola.
  • Official visit of Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa to China Brazzaville, 18 March 2016 - The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti will begin a 4 day official visit to China from 22 to 25 March 2016 at the invitation of the Chinese government. The visit is aimed at further exploring areas of mutual interest in health with a view to having a more structured collaboration between WHO and the Chinese government.
  • WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Moeti concludes official visit to Cote d’Ivoire Abidjan, 3 March 2016 - The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti concluded a three day official visit to Cote d’Ivoire yesterday. The visit began on Monday 29 February and was aimed at further strengthening collaboration between WHO and the Government of Cote d’Ivoire. On the first leg of the visit, the Regional Director and her delegation visited the refurbished Emergency Department of the Cocody University Teaching Hospital [CHU] in Abidjan. She was taken on a guided tour…
  • Ministers pledge to improve access to vaccines at first-ever Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa Addis Ababa, 25 February 2016 – With one in five African children lacking access to all needed and basic life-saving vaccines, ministers of health and other line ministers countries committed themselves to keep immunization at the forefront of efforts to reduce child mortality, morbidity and disability.At a landmark Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa held from 24-25 February, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia the ministers signed a declaration to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against…
  • Official visit of WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Moeti to Gabon Brazzaville/Libreville, 12 February 2016 - The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti is in Libreville, Gabon, for a 5 day official visit and to participate in the 7th Conference of Health Ministers of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), which begins today.     On the first leg of the visit, Dr Moeti accompanied by WHO Representative to Gabon, Dr Boureima Hama Sambo, paid a courtesy call on the President of Gabon, Head of State, Ali…
  • Dr Moeti urges vigilance amid spread of Zika virus Brazzaville, 4 February 2016 - Countries from the WHO African Region have been urged to be watchful and prepare to tackle any signs of the Zika virus disease. The call was made by Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa. “The most effective forms of prevention are reducing mosquito populations by eliminating their potential breeding sites, and using personal protection measures to prevent mosquito bites. I call upon countries in the Region to strengthen vector control, surveillance and…
  • The African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC) closes and a new body set up to eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases KAMPALA, 17 December 2015:- The African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC) founded in 1995 has been formally closed and a new entity – the Expanded Special Project for the Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (ESPEN), with an expanded mandate, proposed to replace it. ESPEN was formally introduced to delegates at the 21st session of the Joint Action Forum (JAF) of the African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC) that has concluded in Kampala, Uganda.
  • Dr Moeti lauds health development efforts in Chad N’Djamena, 19 November 2015 - The World Health Organization Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, has commended ongoing efforts in Chad to improve the health and wellbeing of the people. Dr Moeti made the remarks during a courtesy call on the Chadian Prime Minister Kalzeubé Payimi Deubet. During the meeting, the Regional Director observed that the priority that the Chadian government has placed on health is making a difference despite the prevailing challenges. Since 2012 Chad has drastically reduced…
  • Dr Moeti - Health is a reliable measure of progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals Cape Town, 6 October 2015 - The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti has underscored the critical role of health in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  Addressing delegates at the Second Ministerial Forum on China-Africa Health Development, in Cape Town, South Africa, Dr Moeti observed that although health is a desirable outcome of the SDGs in its own right and an input into other goals, it is a reliable measure of sustainable development.
  • Official visit of Dr Moeti to Centre for Disease Control The WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti paid an official visit to the Centres for Disease Control in Atlanta, USA. She was met on arrival by Dr Tom Frieden and other senior executives of the CDC.
  • Dr Moeti leads an AFRO delegation to New York for UN General Assembly The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti arrived in New York yesterday afternoon to attend a series of meetings of the United Nations.
  • WHO and Gates Foundation agree on ways to strengthen collaboration to improve health in the African Region Brazzaville, 27 July 2015 – Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr Chris Elias, President of the Global Development Division of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Dr Trevor Mundel, President of the foundation’s Global Health Division, have reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthen collaboration between the two organizations in the WHO African Region. This follows a four-day dialogue held at the WHO Regional Office in Brazzaville, Congo between senior-level delegates of the…
  • MERCK company pays courtesy call to WHO Regional Office for Africa Brazzaville, 16 July 2015 – A high level delegation from Merck, a drug pharmaceutical company donating Praziquantel (PZQ) tablets for schistosomiasis control and elimination, has today paid a courtesy call to the World Health Organization Regional Office in Djoue, Brazzaville where they were received by Dr Matshidiso Moeti, Regional Director for Africa.
  • WHO Regional Director for Africa calls for greater commitment to improve access to medicines in the Region Brazzaville, 2 July 2015 - As members of an EU/WHO/ACP partnership* to improve access to quality medicines meet in Brazzaville, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, praised progress made and called for greater commitment to ensure that Africans have access to the quality, affordable medicines they need.
  • WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti to address African Health Ministers of Small Island Developing States in Mauritius Brazzaville, 23 June 2015 - The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, will be in Mauritius from 24-26 June 2015 to address the Fifth meeting of African Ministers of Health of Small Islands Developing States (SIDS).
  • Dr Moeti applauds Zambia for reducing illnesses and deaths of mothers and children Lusaka, 04 June 2015 - The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti has applauded the Zambian government for progress made in reducing deaths and illnesses amongst women and children under five years old.
  • WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Moeti to visit Zambia Lusaka, 3 June 2015 - The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti will pay a three day official visit to Zambia from 3 to 5 June 2015 at the invitation of the Zambian government. During her visit, she will pay a courtesy call on the President of Zambia, Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu.
  • Dr Moeti urges intensified actions to address heart diseases in children The World Health Organization’s Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti has underscored the importance of strengthening health services to tackle rheumatic heart disease (RHD), a neglected and preventable disease in children. She made the remarks whilst addressing participants at a seminar on Rheumatic Heart Disease in Adolescents organized by the World Heart Federation on the sidelines of the World Health Assembly in Geneva.
  • WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti concludes her visit to Liberia Monrovia, 24 April 2015 - The WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti has wrapped up her 3 day official visit to Liberia with a courtesy call on the President of Liberia, Her Excellency, Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Welcoming Dr Moeti, the President congratulated her for having been elected as Regional Director of WHO for the African Region. She also expressed her gratitude to WHO for being a good partner in health development and said that the organization has…
  • WHO Regional Director applauds the contribution of communities in the fight against Ebola in Liberia Monrovia, 22 April 2014 - The WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti has underscored the importance of involving the communities in the fight against Ebola.
  • WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti arrives in Liberia for a two-day official visit Monrovia, 22 April 2015 - The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti began a two-day official visit to Liberia today. The aim of the visit is to assess the progress that has been made in controlling the Ebola virus disease (EVD) epidemic and identify areas WHO could further support the country in its recovery efforts. The visit is the last leg of the Regional Director’s tour of the three countries worst affected by the EVD…
  • Dr Moeti: Strong health systems critical in addressing health threats in the African Region Brazzaville, 8 April 2015 – The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti has called on the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Republic of Congo to advocate with their national governments to strengthen health systems to be able to address the health challenges facing the African Region.
  • Dr Marie Puruehnce, Presidential Adviser for Health in Congo pays a courtesy call on Dr Matshidiso Moeti Brazzaville, 18 March 2015 - Dr Marie Francke Puruehnce, the Presidential Adviser for Health in Congo has today paid a courtesy call on Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization’s Regional Director for Africa at the WHO Regional Office in Djoue, Brazzaville.
  • ‘’I am impressed with the Coyah Ebola Treatment Centre", says Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa Conakry, 26 February 2015 - This morning, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, during her stay in Guinea, visited the Coyah Ebola Treatment Centre. The Centre, situated 50km from Conakry, was opened on 31 December 2014. It has a capacity of 100 beds, 50 of which have been used till date. As of 26 February 2015, 17 patients, including 14 confimed Ebola cases and 3 suspected case were adimitted in the Centre. Patients come from  Boffa, Coyah, Dubréka…
  • WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti visits Sierra Leone Freetown, 22 February 2015 -- Today, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the newly elected WHO Regional Director for Africa, starts her four-day visit to Sierra Leone to get a better understanding of the Ebola response activities on the ground and reconfirm her commitment to the on-going Ebola outbreak. As of 20 February, Sierra Leone has reported 8244 confirmed Ebola cases, including 3066 deaths. While the number of new cases appears to be declining over the past weeks, a mixed picture emerges in…
  • Dr Moeti’s BBC interview: Ending the Ebola outbreak and strengthening WHO's capacity to respond to outbreaks WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti highlights the importance of ending the Ebola outbreak and strengthening WHO's capacity to respond to outbreaks. She also underscores the importance of strong health systems to better respond to future emergencies in both affected and non-affected countries. Listen to the interview
  • WHO Executive Board appoints Dr Matshidiso 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…
  • "Intensify surveillance" to beat Ebola says Dr Moeti The surveillance of outbreaks of the Ebola disease in West Africa needs to be intensified if the deadly virus is to finally be beaten, according to the World Health Organization's (WHO) new Regional Director for Africa. More than 8,700 people have died from Ebola mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, but now the number of cases is dropping. Daniel Johnson has been speaking to the new WHO chief, Dr Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti, about her priorities for dealing with the…
  • Dr Matshidiso Moeti of Botswana nominated new World Health Organization’s Regional Director for Africa Cotonou, Benin, 5 November 2014 - Dr Matshidiso Moeti of the Republic of Botswana was today nominated to be the next World Health Organization's Regional Director for Africa. Health Ministers from the 47 Countries that constitute the WHO African Region nominated her at their annual meeting, which is taking place in Cotonou. Dr Moeti is scheduled to take up her new post on 1 February 2015, succeeding Dr Luis Sambo, whose mandate ends on 31 January 2015 after having served…