The IMC on the South African
National AIDS Council (SANAC), chaired by Deputy
President Cyril Ramaphosa, has extended its warmest
congratulations to Dr Nono Simelela on her appointment
as WHO Assistant Director-General for Family, Women,
Children and Adolescents.
Nothemba (Nono) Simelela has since 2014 served as
Special Adviser to Deputy President Ramaphosa, with her
work ranging from support for the implementation of the
National Strategic Plan for HIV, TB and Sexually
Transmitted Infections to reviewing the Expanded Public
Her appointment to the WHO headquarters in Geneva,
Switzerland, and her contribution to health and broader
social policy in South Africa was acknowledged by
government during a meeting on Thursday, 19 October
2017, of the SANAC IMC, which comprises 16 departments
and the leadership of SANAC. Dr Simelela assumes her new
position on 13 November 2017.
Deputy President Ramaphosa and the Minister of Health,
Aaron Motsoaledi, commended Dr Simelela and wished her
well in her new global role under the leadership of WHO
Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the
first African in 69 years to be appointed head of the
global health authority.
Dr Simelela has more than 30 years of experience as
an obstetrician, academic, advocate and public servant.
Her other senior leadership roles in South Africa have
included serving as Chief Executive Officer of SANAC,
Director of Technical Knowledge and Support for the
International Planned Parenthood Federation and Cluster
Manager for HIV, TB and Sexually Transmitted Infections
for the Department of Health.
She has also sat on a number of committees and boards,
including the Executive Board of the WHO and the WHO
technical committee for the development of guidelines
for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of
The new WHO leadership team represents 14 countries,
including all WHO regions, and women constitute more
than 60% of this team.