Mandates of Regional Directors of WHO renewed

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By Maxwell Awumah, GNA    

Ho, Oct 03, GNA – Two World Health
Organisation (WHO) Regional Directors, Dr Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti and Dr
Carissa F. Etienne, have been re-elected as World Health Organization (WHO)
Regional Directors, all alumni of London School of Hygiene & Tropical
Medicine (LSHTM).

Dr Matshidiso Moeti from Botswana graduated
with a Master’s in Community Health for Developing Countries in 1986.
She became the first woman WHO Regional Director for Africa in February 2015
and will now serve a second term in her role.

Dr Moeti said: “I am very honoured to be
nominated for a second term as Regional Director for Africa. During the past
five years, I have worked to transform the WHO Secretariat so that we better
respond to the health needs of millions of Africans. This nomination is an
endorsement of the many achievements we have reached together with health
ministries. I intend for us to scale more mountains together over the next five
years”.

Dr Etienne from Dominica graduated with
a Master’s in Community Health in Developing Countries in 1982. She
became WHO Regional Director for the Americas in February 2013 and will also
now serve a second term in her role.

In her acceptance speech, Dr Etienne cited
her “commitment to deliver to all of our peoples, from all walks of
society, a long and productive life, with quality care into our senior years;
access to quality health services without fear of impoverishment; access to
medicines and vaccines that we can afford, including effective antibiotics;
freedom from preventable diseases, with reduced exposure to disease
vectors.”

Dr Moeti and Dr Etienne will continue to
work alongside LSHTM alumnus Dr Takeshi Kasai, WHO Regional Director for the
Western Pacific, who graduated with a Master’s in Public Health in
Developing Countries in 1996 and WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom
Ghebreyesus who completed a MSc in Immunology of Infectious
Diseases at LSHTM in 1992.

Professor Peter Piot, Director of the
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said: “Many congratulations
to Tshidi and Carissa.      LSHTM has a
proud history of supporting the development of global health leaders, and there
is no better example than these two outstanding women whose passion, dedication
and expertise is helping to save lives. I wish them well for their second term
in their respective roles.”

They would serve additional four years
tenure in their positions according to a release copied to the Ghana News
Agency.

GNA

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