The body said the continent had dealt with many diseases and done well up to now.
There have been debates since the outbreak of the pandemic about how Africa could comparatively contain coronavirus.
Analysts have cited insufficient medical devices, health services and have compared the same with other continents that boast better programs.
Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, congratulated Africa at an online briefing on Monday for having just 1.5 percent of the recorded cases worldwide and less than 0.1 percent of death.
He said: “As for the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths reported to WHO, Africa is the least affected region globally.”
The DG said the continent was, “sparing the size of outbreaks we saw in other areas.”
Ghebreyesus noted that “African countries have gained considerable experience in combating infectious diseases such as polio , measles, Aids, yellow fever, influenza, and many more.”
He further commended the African Union (UN), led by the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, for its swift response.
The WHO said the early set-up of a leaders’ coalition was “key to speed up COVID-19 preparation efforts rapidly, and to issue comprehensive control measures.”