Zimbabwe is known for its historical and numerous human-rights abuses and because of so, it is subject to international sanctions.
Zimbabwe President Mr. Robert Mugabe has been removed as goodwill ambassador by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The announcement was made my United Nations healthcare citing that it had reversed its decision on Sunday following outrage among donors, governments and human rights groups at his appointment.
WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who made the appointment at a high-level meeting on non-communicable diseases in Uruguay, said in a statement that he had listened to those expressing concerns. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is an Ethiopian politician, academic, and public-health authority as well as Director-General of the World Health Organization.
Below is a statement by WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
“Over the last few days, I have reflected on my appointment of H.E. President Robert Mugabe as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for NCDs in Africa. As a result I have decided to rescind the appointment.
I have also consulted with the Government of Zimbabwe and we have concluded that this decision is in the best interests of the World Health Organization.
It is my aim to build a worldwide movement for global health. This movement must work for everyone and include everyone.”