Home » Politics » W.H.O REVOKES APPOINTMENT OF ZIMBABWEAN PRES MUGABE AS GOODWILL AMBASSADOR

GENEVA, The World Health Organization has cancelled the appointment of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador after global condemnation.

Director General of WHO, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a statement said, after carefully listening to concerns expressed by many and consultation with the Government of Zimbabwe, it is in the best interest of the global health body for the appointment to be revoked.

"Over the last few days, I have reflected on my decision to appoint President Robert Mugabe as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for NCDs in Africa. As a result I have decided to rescind the appointment," he said.

The statement said it is important to build political leadership and create unity around bringing health to all

based on WHO's core values.

The WHO Director General reiterated his ''firm commitment to working with all countries and their leaders to ensure that everyone has access to the health care they need.

Dr. Tedros ended his statement by thanking everyone who voiced their concerns and shared thoughts on appointment of 93-year old Mugabe as goodwill ambassador for non-communicable diseases.

The appointment, made at the just-ended WHO global conference on NCDs in Montevideo, Uruguay was in recognition of Mugabe's passion to fight challenges posed by chronic illness.

Cases of NCDs are soaring in Zimbabwe and around the world, lately killing more people than communicable diseases in some countries.

Mugabe had told the conference that Zimbabwe would set up an inter-ministerial task-force on NCDs as it had realised the need for a multi-sectoral response to challenges posed by these diseases. He also told the conference that his government had devised other ways of mobilising funding to combat NCDs, including using the AIDS levy.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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