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Dr Matshidiso Moeti

22/06/2021

Regional Director for Africa, World Health Organization

Dr Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti is the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa. She is the first woman to be elected to this position and is now in her second term. Over the past six years, Dr Moeti has led a Transformation Agenda that is widely acknowledged to have improved WHO’s performance on emergencies, enhancing accountability, and driving progress towards Universal Health Coverage.

Dr Moeti is a medical doctor and public health expert, with more than 40 years of experience. Since 1999 she has held several senior positions with WHO in the African Region. Dr Moeti successfully led WHO’s “3 by 5” Initiative to expand access to antiretroviral therapy in African countries. Prior to joining WHO, Dr Moeti worked with UNAIDS, UNICEF and Botswana’s Ministry of Health. 

In recognition of her excellent service to humanity, Dr Moeti has received many accolades including an Honorary Fellowship from London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Doctorate Honoris Causa by the Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, NOVA University Lisbon and an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Health and Allied Sciences in Ghana. She is a great champion for women in leadership in global health.

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