The new head of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Africa has been announced! Botswana’s Reform-focused Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, will be taking up the responsibility to revamp the organization in the wake of the deadly Ebola epidemic, which has claimed over 3,000 lives. One of Moeti’s immediate tasks will be to ensure that the WHO improves its response plan to any new public health emergency such as Ebola. “There is no question that, as a region, we need to up our game,” Moeti told the New York Times this week. “The WHO is reforming, and one of my intentions is to fast-track reform in the region, too.”
She has a huge task ahead of her in the wake of the Ebola epidemic, which includes devising ways to eradicate the disease within the continent while also unveiling plans to convince more African countries to adopt health insurance programs.