Dr Steven V. Shongwe is the acting Director of the Non-communicable diseases (NCD) cluster at the WHO Regional Office for Africa. His substantive position is Programme Manager, prevention and control of NCDs. The NCD Cluster provides leadership in the prevention and control of NCDs and their risk factors in the African Region. It comprises two programme areas namely- i) primary prevention of NCDs through the reduction of tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol and consumption of unhealthy diets, and promotion of physical activity and ii) integrated disease management through introduction and scale-up of the package of essential NCD interventions for primary health care in poor resource settings, mental health, alcohol and substance abuse prevention and management; and prevention of violence, injuries and disability.
Prior to joining WHO in 2013, Dr Shongwe was the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Health in Swaziland and was responsible for overseeing the health services in that country. He has previously served as the Director General of the East, Central and Southern African Health Community (ECSA-HC), a regional health organization based in Arusha, Tanzania.
Dr Shongwe is a public health specialist. He has over 30 years of clinical and public health experience. He holds the degree the Master of Science in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Master of Business Management from the Eastern and Southern Africa Management Institute and MBCHB from the University of Nairobi.