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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Overview of the African Region

HIV prevalence


(among adults aged 15-49 years)

Under-five mortality rate


(per 1 000 live births, 2012)

Hepatitis B (HepB3) immunization coverage


(among 1-year-olds, 2012)

Life expectancy at age 60


(years, 2011)

Radiotherapy units


(Total density per million population, 2010)

Haemophilus influenzae type B meningitis
Main causes of maternal death, sub-Saharian Africa, 2013
HIV/AIDS mortality rate (per 100 000 population)
Tuberculosis prevalence (per 100 000 population per year)
Distribution of causes of death among children aged < 5 years
Trend in average total health expenditure per capita


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.

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 #20 » October 2015


  • The critical role of health financing in progressing towards universal health coverage
  • Impact of performance- or result-based financing on health care
  • Community-based health insurance

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.