Ms. Malebona Precious Matsoso
Malebona Precious Matsoso, has over 25 years’ experience at executive management level in the field of health management, ethics, and research. She held the post of Director-General of the South African National Department of Health for nine and a half years. Under her tenure, the largest programme to counter HIV infection in the world with 4.7 million people on treatment; she oversaw the roll-out of the electronic Health Patient Registration System, which has over 44 million patients registered. She was responsible for the development of e-Health, M-Health and Digital Health Strategy for South Africa and was instrumental in the reform of District Health Information Systems and Governance. She chaired the Ministerial Advisory Committee on e-Health. At an international level, she was the Director of Public Health Innovation and Intellectual Property at the World Health Organization (WHO) Director. Prior to that, she served as WHO Director, Department of Technical Cooperation for Essential Drugs and Traditional Medicine. She has served on various advisory bodies both nationally and internationally. Chair of the WHO Executive Board. A member of the UN High-Level Panel on Access to Health Technologies, Chairperson of the Independent Oversight and Advisory Committee for the WHO Health Emergencies Programme. She was the member of the Lancet Global Health Commission on High Quality Health Systems. She was the Co-Chair of WHO Digital Health Advisory Group. She has been recently appointed as the member of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response. Ms Matsoso is currently the Director of the Health Regulatory Science Platform, a division of the Wits Health Consortium at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.