World Health Organization rethinks Mugabe's appointment as 'goodwill ambassador'

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Standing next to his 93-year-old appointee, WHO's director general Tedros Ghebreyesus made the announcement in Uruguay this week while the two were at a conference in the South American country and confirmed his decision on Friday, The New York Times reports. In fact, being the world's longest non-royal head of state, Mr Mugabe is able to do something good for the Zimbabwe's health system, while other celebrities as WHO's ambassadors hold little actual power.

The former Ethiopian health and foreign minister was elected last May as WHO's first African director-general, added: "Today I am also honoured to announce that President Mugabe has agreed to serve as a goodwill ambassador on NCDs for Africa to influence his peers in his region to prioritise NCDs".

"I'm listening. I hear your concerns".

"Mugabe doesn't trust Zimbabwe health care he destroyed (he travels abroad) but @WHO's Tedros names him ambassador", the head of Human Rights Watch, Ken Roth, added in a tweet.

The United States called the appointment of Mugabe by WHO's first African leader "disappointing".

In his speech, Dr Tedros described Zimbabwe as "a country that places universal health coverage and health promotion at the centre of its policies to provide health care to all".

There is one doctor for every 100,000 patients in the country, as health workers leave the country in search of better opportunities, said Biti.

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"We cannot take these institutions seriously", said Obert Gutu, spokesman for the main opposition the Movement for Democratic Change.

Britain called the decision "surprising and disappointing, particularly in light of the current United States and European Union sanctions against him".

Mr Mugabe, who seeks medical treatment in Singapore, expanded Zimbabwe's health service dramatically after independence in 1980.

"When I heard of Robert Mugabe's appointment. quite frankly, I thought it was a bad April Fool's joke", he told reporters.

United Nations agencies often name high profile personalities as goodwill ambassadors to draw attention to their work, including actress Angelina Jolie with the refugee agency UNHCR.

World Health Organization yesterday cited Zimbabwe's anti-tobacco record and efforts against non-communicable diseases as justifications for Mr Mugabe's appointment.

World Health Organization spokesman Christian Lindmeier said the World Health Organization chief had made the move seeking broad support for the agency's work.

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