The World Health Organization has revoked the appointment of President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador following heavy criticism and discontent.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director General of WHO, said in a statement that he has “listened carefully to all who have expressed their concerns, and heard the different issues that they have raised.”
Dr. Tedros also confirmed consulting with the Government of Zimbabwe and “concluded that this decision is in the best interests of the World Health Organization.”
There was global criticism after WHO announced the 93 year old President as its goodwill ambassador for non communicable diseases in Africa.
Activists accused Robert Mugabe of jeopardising the health sector of his country for over thirty years he’s been in power.
Critics said it was a shame on WHO to appoint a man who flies out of his own country for medical attention overseas.
In his statement, the Ethiopian said that what it is important is to build political leadership and create unity around bringing health to all, based on WHO’s core values.
“I thank everyone who has voiced their concerns and shared their thoughts. I depend on constructive debate to help and inform the work I have been elected to do,”he said in the statement.