Mugabe named as goodwill envoy by WHO

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Critics contend health services have collapsed underneath Mr Mugabe’s rule

The World Health Organization (WHO) has allocated President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe as a “goodwill ambassador” to assistance tackle non-communicable diseases.

New WHO conduct Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus praised Zimbabwe for a joining to open health.

But critics contend that during Mr Mugabe’s 37-year order Zimbabwe’s health services have deteriorated, with staff frequently delinquent and medicines in brief supply.

Dr Tedros, who is Ethiopian, is a initial African to lead a WHO.

He was inaugurated with a charge to tackle viewed politicisation in a organisation.

Dr Tedros transposed Margaret Chan, who stepped down from her 10-year post in June.

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Dr Tedros was inaugurated to remodel a WHO


Controversial decision

Imogen Foulkes, BBC News, Geneva

The appointment of 93-year-old Robert Mugabe will means mystification among many WHO member states and donors.

A goodwill envoy might be a mostly mystic role, though a symbolism of giving it to a male whose care of Zimbabwe has, critics say, coincided with a fall of a health service, and vital tellurian rights abuses, will be really unpopular.


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