African health ministers are meeting today in Brazzaville to endorse regional policies and strategies to improve people’s health in Africa.

The Sixty-ninth session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa will take place in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, from 19 to 23 August 2019. The Regional Committee, comprising health ministers from the 47 countries in the region, is the highest decision-making body on health in the African


The meeting will discuss among others Progress Report on the Implementation of the Transformation Agenda of the World
Health Organization Secretariat in the African Region: 2015–2020 as well as;

  1. Regional Strategy for Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response:2020–2030
  2. Strategic plan to reduce the double burden of malnutrition in the African Region: 2019–2025
  3. Framework for provision of essential health services through strengthened district/local health systems to support UHC in the context of the SDGs
  4. Framework for the implementation of the Global Vector Control Response in the WHO African Region
  5. Accelerating the response to noncommunicable diseases in the African Region in line with the Political Declaration of the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the prevention and control of NCDs
  6. Nomination of a new regional director

Nomination of New Directors

The appointment of the incumbent Regional Director of the African Region, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, comes to an end on 31 January 2020 even though she is eligible of re-election. The meeting will observe the nomination of the Regional Director for a period of five years beginning in February 2020. This will enable the Executive Board to consider the matter at its 146th session early February 2020.

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