Regional Director

Regional Director

Dr Luis Gomes Sambo, from Angola, was unanimously re-elected by the 59th session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee (RC) for Africa as WHO Regional Director for Africa.

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Collect and share data to inform decisions

Access the AHO statistical database. Regional, subregional and country-level statistical tables and fact sheets detail health status and trends; health systems; programmes and services; key determinants of health; progress on health-related MDGs. MORE DATA & STATISTICS »

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)

Alcohol consumption among adults (>=15 years)
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)

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.