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

HIV/AIDS prevalence


(per 100 000 population, 2012)

Reduce child mortality


(per 1 000 live births)

Maternal mortality ratio


(per 100 000 live births)

General government expenditure on health


(percentage of general government expenditure, 2011)

Haemophilus influenzae type B meningitis
HIV disease resulting in mycobacterial infection
Tuberculosis prevalence (per 100 000 population per year)
Improve maternal health
Reduce child mortality
Prevalence of smoking ≥15 years of age (%)

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 #19 » March 2015


  • Part I: Delivery of immunization services and new vaccines introduction in the WHO African Region
  • Part II: Disease control initiatives in the WHO African Region
  • Part III: Vaccine-preventable disease surveillance in the WHO African Region
  • Part IV: Other special efforts to accelerate progress in prevention and control of vaccine-preventable diseases

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.