WHO Africa Region Director Matshidiso Moeti Discusses Role, Reforms In Telegraph Interview
The Telegraph: Breaking through the glass ceiling: the woman looking after the health of a billion Africans
“Four years ago, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti smashed the glass ceiling when she became the first woman to lead the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Africa. Her appointment as the continent’s most senior public health official hit the headlines — and not just because of the then 60-year-old’s gender. At the time, the West African Ebola outbreak was in full swing, and so too was criticism of WHO Africa’s response. … But Dr. Moeti, a well-respected public health veteran with experience in three U.N. agencies, was heralded as a competent leader capable of overhauling the office. Her appointment was welcomed with optimism. Four years later, as she sits down with The Telegraph at the Africa Health Forum in Cape Verde, the warm, thoughtful leader is clearly proud of the reforms she has instigated…” (Newey, 4/18).
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