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"There’s a Lot We Can Do" Melissa Fleming (UN) interviews Matshidiso Moeti (WHO) - Awake at Night: S3-Episode3
31 Jul 2020 -  "Occasionally being naughty with my friends, we would stop in town and roam around and sort of walk around and I was less than 11 years old, but with other friends. And we were very clear that if there's a white kid coming, walking in the opposite direction on the curb, you don't get out of the way for this person. So those kinds of small defiances. So by by the time I was 11 leaving South Africa, I knew there was something very wrong with the society we live in" Matshidiso Moeti (Regional Director for Africa for the World Health Organization) says to host Melissa Fleming (United Nations' Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications) in this latest episode of Awake At Night.

Dr. Moreti speaks about her childhood in Botswana and apartheid South Africa, and about her fears regarding the effect of COVID-19, especially on women: ”The impact on women economically is going to make them even more vulnerable to many things, not just to COVID itself," she says. Dr. Moeti is the first female Regional Director for Africa for WHO. Now she’s the face of the COVID-19 fight in Africa, but she says facing the pandemic is easier than where she started her career as a doctor - fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa in the 1990s. Now, she says, we’re willing to talk about inequalities and tackle stigma about disease.

Screen-shot photo credit: ©WHO