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Regional Director Visits Botswana

Botswana hosted WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti for a 3 days state visit. During her visit, Dr Moeti held discussions with His Hon. The Vice President. Eric Mokgweetsi Masisi, The Minister of Health & Wellnes Hon. Makato and other senior government officials. Delivering a highlighted that WHO is committed to working with member states and partners to improve the health of all Africa’s people through universal health coverage as well as working towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

She further applauded the ministry for the health system transformation; embarking in revitalising primary health care saying it is a giant step since it ensures that everybody is on board thus makes it easy for people to take responsibility of their health. She also acknowledged the country’s success in the HIV/AIDS responsive programs.

The Regional Director further, said that that the African region faces the threat of NCDs, with predictions that millions of people in Africa will die from NCDs by 2025. “There is insufficient recognition of this in the allocation of resources to health in countries, and WHO supports advocacy to raise the profile of NCDs in the Region” She said. She however commended the government of Botswana for the sustainable investment in the health system.

In welcoming her, the Minister of Health and Wellness Honourable Dorcas Makgato congratulated Dr Moeti for the regional post she is holding and mentioned that she is happy to host her as she will update on the latest trends in the health system agenda. ‘’ Dr Moeti is the first Motswana, first woman WHO Regional Director for Africa, we should be proud of her and give her our full support to deliver “she said. She mentioned that WHO is a key stakeholder in provision of health services; they provide technical expertise in a wide range of health services. “Of recent WHO assisted us in the ministry restructuring process. Next we will be talking of implementation” she mentioned.

Dr Moeti also paid a courtesy call to the Vice President His Honour Mokgweetsi Eric Masisi to appreciate his perspective in the health sector as a leader. Site visits also formed part of her schedule to learn about best practices in the ministry such as Youth Friendly services, the Occupational health Service centre, Bontleng clinic- Cervical cancer prevention and care. She also met the civil Society representative BOFWA as a key stakeholder in provision of health services. Read more...


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