>> Critics are urging the World Health Organization to overturn its latest appointment. Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe was on Wednesday named a Goodwill Ambassador. The recently appointed Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus delivered the news at a conference the pair attended. Stating Mugabe would influence his peers in the region to prioritize noncommunicable disease, but the decision has shocked many.
The President has blamed the West for destroying his country's economy and numerous human rights abuses during his 37 years as a leader. Even the British government has said the decision is quite surprising and disappointing, and added it risks overshadowing the organization's global work. Health leaders have described the move as unjustifiable and wrong.
Leading global health specialist Jeremy Fara called on the decision to be reversed, stating Mugabe fails in every way to represent the values the organization should stand for. Human rights activists are also critical. UN watchers HIlel Moyen noting Mugabe himself had traveled to Singapore for medical treatment three times this year rather than having it in his homeland.