Regional Director

Regional Director

Dr Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti from Botswana is the first woman WHO Regional Director for Africa. She aims to build a responsive, effective and result-driven regional secretariat that can advance efforts towards universal health coverage and accelerate progress toward global development goals, while tackling emerging threats.

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The African Regional Health Report 2014 Narrowing the knowledge gap in sub-saharan Africa
This report provides an assessment of the current status and trends in health in the World Health Organization (WHO) African Region, which consists of 47 of the 54 countries on the African continent and is one of the six regions of WHO. The African Health Observatory and national health observatories as platforms for strengthening health information systems in sub-Saharan Africa.
Overview of the African Region

General government expenditure on health


(percentage of general government expenditure, 2011)

Prevalence of tuberculosis


(per 100 000 population)

Alcohol per capita consumption among adults aged 15 years of


(litres per person in 2008 - for Uganda)

Contraceptive prevalence
Births attended by skilled health personnel, percentage
General government health expenditure
Distribution of causes of death among children aged <5 years
Prevalence of tuberculosis (per 100 000 population)
Alcohol consumption among adults (>=15 years)

African Health Monitor

The African Health Monitor is published quarterly by the WHO Regional Office for Africa. Its peer-reviewed articles in English, French and Portuguese aim to promote evidence-based policy for strengthening health promotion programmes in the Region. All Issues »

Issue #18 » November 2013


  • A strategy for disaster risk management in the African Region
  • Setting up of the African Public Health Emergency Fund
  • New approach to capacity building in entomology and vector control at the level of national malaria control programmes
  • Laboratory capacity in 2012 for diagnosis of epidemic prone diseases in the context of Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR)
  • Introduction of medical training on tuberculosis and tuberculosis control in French-speaking countries in the African Region

AHO Networks

Learn more about the African Health Observatory networks and communities of practice.

National Health Observatories

Multiple stakeholder and collaborative platforms that support and facilitate the production, sharing and application of information, evidence and knowledge to improve national health systems and outcomes.