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Pres. Sirleaf, WHO Africa Director Meet
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President Sirleaf Meet with the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidoso Moeti



Pres. Sirleaf, WHO Africa Director Meet

MONROVIA, April 23 (LINA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, has pledged the organization’s continued collaboration in support to building a resilient healthcare system in Liberia.

According to an Executive Mansion release, the first woman WHO Regional Director for Africa made the commitment when she paid a courtesy call on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at her temporary office at the Foreign Ministry on Thursday.

Dr. Moeti, who is from Botswana, was on a three-day visit to Liberia to assess the impact of WHO’s contribution to the fight against Ebola that had taken a toll on countries in the Mano River basin.

This is her first visit to Liberia since her appointment for a five-year term on February 1, succeeding Dr. Luis Gomes Sambo who served as Regional Director for the past 10 years.

On behalf of WHO, Dr. Moeti thanked the Liberian President for her leadership role in the fight against Ebola which, she said, has been exemplary in terms of her personal engagement.

The WHO official promised that as Liberia counts down to become Ebola free, the WHO will continue its engagement with the other two countries to ensure cross-border information sharing and other interventions are stronger than ever.

Earlier, President Sirleaf thanked Dr. Moeti for the visit and congratulated her on her preferment as the first female WHO Regional Director for Africa.

“You are the first; so you join the group of first females in Africa,” she said.

The Liberian leader stressed that the WHO Regional Office has been a good partner to Liberia over the years, most especially during the period of Ebola.

The Liberian leader thanked WHO for assisting Liberia in training health sector personnel, which is now an essential element of the post-Ebola recovery plan to ensure that the country has a resilient healthcare system.

In Liberia’s Ebola recovery process, WHO is providing technical assistance in developing the health investment plan for a resilient health system and helping the Ministry of Health to prepare the National Public Health Institute and a sub-regional specimen bio-bank.


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