WHO Regional Director for Africa
Dr Matshidiso Moeti is the first woman WHO Regional Director for Africa. Dr Moeti, who is from Botswana, has more than 35 years of national and international experience in public health. She joined the WHO Regional Office for Africa in 1999 and has held several senior positions in the Organization, including Deputy Regional Director, Assistant Regional Director, Director of Non-communicable Diseases, WHO Representative to Malawi, and Coordinator of the Inter-Country Support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa.
At the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, Dr. Moeti led WHO’s “3 by 5” Initiative in the African Region, an initiative that resulted in a significant increase in the number of HIV-positive individuals accessing antiretroviral drugs. Prior to joining WHO, Dr Moeti worked with UNAIDS as the Team Leader of the Africa and Middle East Desk in Geneva, with UNICEF as a Regional Advisor, and with Botswana’s Ministry of Health in various capacities.
Dr Moeti qualified in medicine (MB, BS) and public health (MSc in Community Health for Developing Countries) at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, University of London in 1978 and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1987, respectively.