Message from the Regional Director

When I took office last year as Regional Director, I introduced the “Transformation Agenda of the World Health Organization Secretariat in the African Region”, an ambitious plan to transform the WHO African Region into a results-driven organization able to fully meet the needs and expectations of its stakeholders.

In the aftermath of the Ebola Virus Disease epidemic, WHO needs to refocus on health systems development, primary health care resilience and health security, all requiring effective intelligence gathering and knowledge generation. Furthermore, there is a critical information need for effective implementation and monitoring of SDGs interventions in the Region, including progress towards Universal Health Coverage.

Improving health information systems and expanding coverage of quality dependable data in the Region are both key to delivering on this Transformation Agenda. For this purpose, the “Atlas of African Health Statistics” remains the most comprehensive and widely used tool to monitor the health situation in the African Region, provide up-to-date information on the state of health in countries and serve as a baseline for monitoring progress on internationally agreed targets.

The Atlas is produced by the staff of the African Health Observatory at the Regional Office with the contributions and active collaboration of the 47 countries of the WHO African Region. I wish to thank all those who contributed for their work. I hope you will find this Atlas a useful reference source for Member States and partners.


Dr Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti
Regional Director


Download the complete version of the Atlas of African Health Statistics 2016 [pdf: 5.73 MB]