WHO Africa Regional Director will be at 10GA

Dr Matshidiso MoetiOfficial photo of Dr Matshidiso Moeti / Photo credit: WHO Africa

WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti will be a keynote speaker at 10GA

Dr Matshidiso Moeti will address delegates on the challenge posed by the critical shortage of health workers  (Symposium 1: Leading change for health in Africa).

Dr. Moeti stated, “WHO recognizes the enormous importance of the prevention of avoidable visual impairment including blindness as well as the crucial role of international partnerships and alliances in developing and strengthening effective public health responses for the prevention of avoidable blindness, and the increase of disability rehabilitation”.

Dr Matshidiso Moeti from Botswana is the first woman WHO Regional Director for Africa. A public health veteran, with more than 35 years of national and international experience, she joined WHO’s Africa Regional Office in 1999 and has served as Deputy Regional Director, Assistant Regional Director, Director of Noncommunicable Diseases, WHO Representative for Malawi, and Coordinator of the Inter-Country Support Team for the South and East African countries. Writing on the need to focus on eliminating NTDs, she has said: “…a physician myself, I know that daily sickness and pain is also a reality for a billion people around the world who are affected by neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).”

At the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, she led the WHO Regional Office for Africa’s efforts on treatment scale-up in the context of the ‘3 by 5’ initiative and established a regional HIV laboratory network resulting in a significant increase in the number of HIV-positive individuals accessing antiretroviral therapy in the Region. She also successfully spearheaded the development of WHO Regional Strategies for public health priority areas, including communicable and non-communicable diseases, immunization, maternal and child health, and the health systems strengthening.

Prior to joining WHO, she worked with UNAIDS as a Team Leader of the Africa and Middle East Desk in Geneva (1997-1999); with UNICEF as a Regional Health Advisor for East and Southern Africa; and with Botswana’s Ministry of Health as a Clinician and Public Health Specialist.

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