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.
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.