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WHO Regional Director for Africa pays first official visit to Ghana

The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti will pay her first official visit to Ghana from 21 – 25 April 2018.

The visit which is at the invitation of the Ministry of Health and Ghana government will provide an opportunity for her to familiarise with ongoing efforts, successes and challenges as the country strives to improve the health and well-being of Ghanaians.

Dr Moeti is expected to be the Special Guest of Honour at the 2018 Annual Health Summit and will also deliver the keynote address.

The Regional Director will pay courtesy calls on His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and Her Excellency the First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, Ministers of Finance, Planning and Foreign Affairs. She will also hold discussions with Senior Officials of the Ministries of Health, and embark on field visits to some Health Facilities and Health Research Centers in Ghana.

Among her other engagements are meetings with the UN Country Team (UNCT), bilateral and multilateral partners to discuss coordination of international health partnerships to support the health sector in Ghana.

Dr Matshidiso Moeti

Dr. Matshidiso Rebecca Natalie Moeti, a public health veteran, from Botswana became the first woman as a Regional Director for World Health Organization for Africa in 2015. She took up her appointment for a five-year term on 1 February 2015, succeeding Dr Luis Gomes Sambo who had served as Regional Director for the past 10 years.

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. Strong partnerships will underpin every aspect of the Regional Office’s work during her tenure.

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