As Ebola continues to burn its way through three West African countries, the World Health Organization on Wednesday elected its next Africa director, a doctor from Botswana who is a longtime veteran of the U.N. agency. The announcement of the election of WHO's new Africa director, Matshidiso Moeti, was made by Senegalese Health Minister Awa Marie Coll Seck, who chaired the vote at a meeting in Benin. Moeti was WHO Africa's deputy regional director until March. On March 23, WHO announced on its website the outbreak of Ebola in Guinea.
Moeti expressed optimism that the outbreak, which has killed nearly 5,000 people, would be under control within three months.