Dr Matshidiso Moeti

Dr Matshidiso Moeti WHO Regional Director for Africa

Dr Matshidiso Moeti

Regional Director for Africa, World Health Organization

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, from Botswana, is the first woman to be elected as WHO Regional Director for Africa. Since 2015, Dr Moeti has led the transformation of WHO in Africa to ensure the Organization is accountable, effective and driven by results. A key feature of the Regional Director's leadership is the cultivation of strong partnerships, both with traditional and new partners, including philanthropic foundations, civil society, academia, and increasing engagement with young people and women in global health. To deliver on the WHO Thirteenth General Programme of Work, the Secretariat is supporting countries to achieve universal health coverage (UHC), improve health security, and promote better well-being to make health a reality for all people in Africa. Innovations and digital health are being leveraged as key tools to improve health outcomes and leapfrog national development.

Dr Moeti is a public health veteran, with almost 40 years of national and international experience. She joined the WHO Regional Office for Africa in 1999 and has served as Deputy Regional Director, Assistant Regional Director, Director of Noncommunicable Diseases, WHO Representative for Malawi, Coordinator of the Inter-Country Support Team for the South and East African countries and Regional Advisor for HIV/AIDS.

Dr Moeti holds a degree in medicine (M.B., B.S) and a master’s degree in public health (MSc in Community Health for Developing Countries) from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, University of London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, respectively.

All Sessions by Dr Matshidiso Moeti

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Mt. Meru

Leading the Change: Shaping the Future of Public Health Policy Through Equitable & Diverse Leadership

Led by: WomenLift Health.

This session will focus on the pivotal role of women in crafting and implementing public health policies, as well as their vital contributions to strengthening health systems worldwide. Speakers will share compelling examples that, taken together, will showcase the tangible impact of women at the helm of public sector departments and provide insights into how equitable policies are conceptualized and brought to life. Speakers will also move beyond specific policy discussions and share a vision for empowering more women to assume leadership roles in the public health sector. Join us to explore how women leaders are actively shaping the trajectory of our collective health and well-being.

Session Chair: Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, Regional Director for Africa, World Health Organization

Moderator: Dr. Lwazi Manzi, Head of Secretariat, African Union COVID-19 Commission

1. Dr Tomi Coker, Commissioner for Health at Ogun State, Nigeria
2. Hon. Ummy Mwalimu, Minister for Health and Social Welfare, Tanzania