WHO AFRO Nominates Agency Veteran Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti As Next Regional Director

News outlets report the WHO Regional Office for Africa (AFRO) on Wednesday nominated Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti, a physician from Botswana, as the agency’s next Regional Director for Africa.

Agence France-Presse: WHO appoints new Africa chief after Ebola criticism
“The Africa arm of the World Health Organization — which has been criticized for being slow to react to Ebola — appointed a new director Wednesday. Dr. Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti immediately vowed to improve the response of countries worst hit by the epidemic…” (11/5).

Associated Press: Amid Ebola disaster, WHO picks new Africa chief
“…The results of the five-candidate election were made public at a meeting of the U.N. agency in Benin and came amid the worst outbreak of the dreaded disease ever seen…” (Ahissou/Cheng, 11/5).

Reuters: WHO veteran elected as head of Africa office amid Ebola criticism
“…Moeti joined the WHO in 1999 as regional adviser for Women’s and Adolescent Health. Before that, she worked in Botswana’s Ministry of Health. She has also held senior positions within the organization, including a stint as regional adviser on the WHO’s HIV/AIDS program and head of its Malawi office…” (Elijah/Felix, 11/5).