World Health Assembly


    The World Health Assembly is the highest decision-making body of WHO. It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board.The main functions of the World Health Assembly are to determine the policies of the Organization, appoint the Director-General, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed programme budget. The Health Assembly is held annually in Geneva, Switzerland.



    Executive Board

    Executive Board

    The Executive Board is composed of 34 members technically qualified in the field of health and elected for three-year terms. It meets twice in a year in Geneva to review resolutions and the agenda for the World Health Assembly, and administrative matters.The main functions of the Board are to give effect to the decisions and policies of the Health Assembly, to advise it and generally to facilitate its work.

    Composition of the Executive Board (African Region)

    • Chad (Dr Y.P.Matchok-Mahouri) 2012-2015 (Vice-Chairman 3)
    • Democratic Republic of Congo (Dr M. Kupa) 2014-2017 *
    • Eritrea (Mr B.G. Ghilagaber) 2014-2017
    • Gambia (Mr O. Sey) 2014-2017 *
    • Liberia (Dr W.T. Gwenigale) 2014-2017
    • Namibia (Dr B. Haufiku) 2013-2016
    • South Africa (Ms P. Matsoso) 2013-2016

    * Programme, Budget and Administration Committee of the Executive Board (PBAC) members

    WHO Executive Board: full documentation »


    Regional Committee for Africa

    Regional Committee for Africa

    The WHO Regional Committee for Africa is the Organization's governing body in the African Region. There are currently 47 Member States in the region.

    Rules of Procedure of the Regional Committee for Africa [pdf 550kB]

    The Regional Committee's main functions are formulating regional policies and programmes and supervising the activities of the Regional Office. The Regional Committee:

    • formulates policies governing matters of an exclusively regional character;
    • intensifies efforts to develop regional health policies and programmes in support of national, regional and global strategies for health for all;
    • provides comments and guidance on the work of WHO in the African Region;
    • reviews WHO's action in individual Member States within the region;
    • supervises activities of the Regional Office;
    • increases monitoring, control and evaluation functions to ensure the proper reflection of national, regional and global health policies in regional programmes and the proper implementation of those programmes;
    • suggests to the Regional Office the calling of technical conferences and such additional work or investigation in health matters that in the opinion of the Regional Committee would promote the objective of the Organization within the region;
    • takes a more active part in the work of the Organization and submits to the Executive Board recommendations and concrete proposals on matters of regional and global interest;
    • recommends additional regional appropriations by the governments of the respective regions if the proportion of central budget of the Organization allotted to that region is insufficient for carrying out the regional functions; and
    • undertakes such other functions as may be delegated to the Regional Committee by the World Health Assembly and the Executive Board.

    The Regional Committee meets as often as necessary. The Regional Director acts as its Secretary.

    68th Session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa

    The Sixty-eighth session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa took place in Dakar, capital of the Republic of Senegal, land of the Teranga, from 27 to 31 August 2018 at the King Fahd Hotel. The Regional Committee, comprising health ministers from the 47 countries in the Region, is the Governing Body of WHO in the African Region.

    Programme Subcommittee

    Programme Subcommittee

    The Programme Subcommittee (PSC) is a subsidiary body of the Regional Committee. It assists the Regional Committee by reviewing the budget, strategies, reports and proposed resolutions and advising on policy and governance matters.

    The Programme Subcommittee consists of 16 representatives of Member States. In addition, three Executive Board members from the African Region attend the subcommittee meetings.

    Dowload the terms of reference of the PSC of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa [pdf]


    Programme Subcommittee Members (Rev. 24/APR/2018)

    • Angola                                     Dr Balbina Ventura Felix
      Aug. 2017 – Jun. 2020         Consultant Minister for Public Health Services
    • Botswana                                Dr Khumo Seipone
      Aug. 2017 – Jun 2019          Director, Health Services
    • Cameroon                               Dr Hamadou Ba
      Aug. 2017 – Jun 2020          Chef de la Division de la Coopération
    • Ethiopia                                   Dr.Desalegn Tigabu
      Aug. 2016 – Jun. 2019         Director for the Plan and Policy Directorate
    • Kenya                                       Dr Peace Masinde
      Nov. 2015 – Jun. 2018          Head or International Health Relations
    • Liberia                                      Dr Samson K. Arzoaquoi
      Nov. 2015 – Jun. 2018          Deputy Minister for Health Services
                                                        and Chief Medical Officer
    • Mauritania                               Pr Lô Baïdy
      Aug. 2016 - Jun 2019            Chargé de mission
    • Namibia                                   Ms Bertha Katjivena
      Nov. 2015 – Jun 2018           Director
    • Nigeria                                     Dr Emmanuel Meribole
      Aug. 2016 – Jun 2019          Acting Head of Department, Dapartment
                                                        of Health Planning, Research and Statistics
    • Rwanda                                     Dr Zuberi Muvunyi
    • Aug. 2017 – Jun 2020            Director General Clinical Services
    • Sao Tome & Principe               Dr Carlos Alberto Bandeira d'Almeida
      Aug. 2016 – Jun 2019             Directeur du Centre National des Endémies
    • Senegal                                      Dr Marie Khermesse Ngom Ndiaye
      Aug. 2017 – Jun. 2020            Directrice Générale de la Santé
    • Seychelles                                  Dr Meggy Belle louange
      Nov. 2015 – Jun 2018              Director General for Public Health
    • Sierra Leone                               Dr Thomas T. Samba
      Nov. 2015- Jun 2018                 District Medical Officer
    • South Africa                                Dr Yogan Pillay
      Aug. 2016 – Jun 2019               Deputy Director-General
    • Togo                                              Dr Kokou Wotobe
      Aug. 2017 – Jun 2020                Directeur des Etudes, de la Planification
                                                              et de la Programmation par intérim
    • Uganda                                          Dr Timothy Musila
      Nov. 2015 – Jun 2018                 Senior Health Planner
    • Zimbabwe                                     Dr Gibson Mhlanga
      Aug. 2017 – Jun. 2020               Principle Director, Preventive Services

    Transformation Agenda

    Transformation Agenda


    The Transformation Agenda of the World Health Organization Secretariat in the African Region is a vision and a strategy for change aimed at facilitating the emergence of the WHO that the staff and stakeholders want.

    It is a result of consultations with staff members within and outside the WHO African Region, and stakeholders from outside the Organization. The Transformation Agenda covers four focus areas:

    1. pro-results values
    2. smart technical focus
    3. responsive strategic operations
    4. effective communications and partnerships

    Governance Reform

    Governance Reform

    The evolution of WHO’s work and the increasing number of entities associated with global health has necessitated changes in the way WHO is governed, and the way WHO engages with external stakeholders. In this regard, WHO’s governance reform aims to strengthen both the internal governance of WHO by Member States, as well as the role of WHO in global health governance.

    GOVERNANCE REFORMThe proposals for change in respect of internal governance focus on improving the work of the governing bodies – the World Health Assembly, the Executive Board and the Regional Committees – including strengthening global-regional linkages. The fundamental objectives for the internal governance reforms are to foster a more strategic and disciplined approach to priority setting, to enhance the oversight of the programmatic and financial aspects of the Organization, and to improve the efficiency and inclusivity of intergovernmental consensus-building.

    In relation to WHO’s engagement with external stakeholders, WHO is exploring ways to more effectively collaborate with relevant stakeholders including nongovernmental organizations, partnerships, the private sector, foundations, and other relevant stakeholders with a view to promoting greater coherence in global health. The challenge here is to determine how WHO can engage with a wider range of players without undermining its intergovernmental nature or opening itself to influence by those with vested interests. Moreover, governance reforms aim to strengthen the multilateral role of WHO and to capitalize more effectively on WHO’s leadership position in global health.



    Mapping study on WHO’s engagement with non-State actors




    Informal consultation on WHO’s engagement with WHO COUNTRY & LIAISON OFFICES non-state actors

    This consultation, 17–18 October 2013 at WHO, Geneva and via web link, informed the drafting of reform proposals to be submitted to the Executive Board at its 134th session in January 2014

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