Health

Mugabe is no longer a WHO good-will ambassador

By Frederick H. Lowe

That was quick

Robert Mugabe, president of Zimbabwe, had his appointment as goodwill ambassador for the World Health Organization rescinded less than a week after it was conferred as a result of international outrage.

Robert Mugabe

Dr. Tedros Ahanom, WHO’s director-general, said on Sunday that he was rescinding Mugabe’s appointment, which was made October 19.

Zimbabwe’s main opposition party called his appointment an insult because he has allowed the country’s hospitals to collapse. Mugabe, 93, was selected because he pushed for universal health care.

New Zimbabwe, the country’s leading newspaper, celebrated Mugabe being

stripped of the post. The paper’s editors called Mugabe and his family medical tourists who leave the country when seeking medical help.

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