Another Zimbabwean born makes history in the United States 

by | Sep 7, 2021 | International | 0 comments

By Pretty Manyewe


Mati Hlatshwayo Davis has made history by becoming the first female black woman health director of St. Louis.


Mati Davis is a Zimbabwean born infectious disease specialist who was appointed Director of the Department of Health of St. Louis In Missouri, United States of America.


Hlatshwayo is aged 39 and has a medical degree with the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and a Master’s in Public Health Degree with Case Western Reserve University.


The appointment did not come as a surprise as Mati has a wealth of experience in the medical field. She also has an intensive background and extensive experience as an infectious disease expert.


She took to Twitter to express her joy saying, “I am honored and humbled to be able to share my appointment as the new Director of Health for the city of St. Louis. This is a culmination of my passions in infectious diseases, public health and community engagement. So excited to move this work forward.”


Prior to the appointment, she was serving on the city’s board of health and at the Veterans Administration medical center in St. Louis. She also chaired a city initiative to reduce HIV rates.


She is scheduled to begin her new position next month and she intends to focus on the city’s high rates of gun violence and sexually transmitted diseases.