The World Health Organisation (WHO) has revoked the arrangement of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as an “altruism minister” following universal shock.
WHO chief general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who made the arrangement at an abnormal state meeting on non-transferable illnesses (NCDs) in Uruguay on Wednesday, said in an announcement he had tuned in to those communicating concerns.
“Throughout the most recent couple of days, I have pondered my arrangement of HE President Robert Mugabe as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for NCDs in Africa. Accordingly I have chosen to cancel the arrangement,” Mr Tedros said in an announcement
He had previously said in a tweet he was “rethinking the approach in light of WHO values.”
Mr Mugabe, 93, has long been criticised at home for going overseas for medical treatment and for presiding over the collapse of his country’s healthcare system.
The world’s oldest head of state also faces US sanctions over his government’s human rights abuses.
Zimbabwe was once was known as the region’s prosperous breadbasket. But in 2008, the charity Physicians for Human Rights released a report documenting failures in the southern African nation’s health system, saying Mr Mugabe’s policies had led to a man-made crisis.
“The administration of Robert Mugabe managed the sensational inversion of its populace’s entrance to sustenance, clean water, essential sanitation and social insurance,” the gathering closed. Mr Mugabe’s strategies driven straightforwardly to “the covering of doctor’s facilities and centers, the end of its restorative school and the beatings of wellbeing specialists,” it included.