Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has been called a lot of things by supporters and critics over his 94 years on this planet: revolutionary; freedom fighter; dictator; alleged perpetrator of human rights violations. He’s about to add another controversial moniker to the list—”Goodwill Ambassador” to the World Health Organization (WHO).
New WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced that Mugabe would be a goodwill ambassador to the public health agency at a conference in Uruguay. Mugabe, according to Ghebreyesus, who is from Ethiopia, could then leverage the high profile (if largely symbolic) role “to influence his peers in his region,” ostensibly referring to African countries. Mugabe would be an ambassador on broad health issues like noncommunicable diseases such as heart disease and cancer.
So the United Nations once again shows that they are more into making sure Socialist Dictators get Good Buddy badges than actually tackle people suffering under their regimes.
You country racked by Malaria, TB and HIV? No problem, we got you. Neonatal and Under-Five Child Mortality out of control? Call it population control.
I am honoured to be joined by President Mugabe, of Zimbabwe, a country that places universal health coverage and health promotion at the centre of its policies to provide health care to all.
Today I am also honoured to announce that President Mugabe has agreed to serve as a goodwill ambassador on NCDs for Africa to influence his peers in his region to prioritize NCDs.
These were the words of Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization. and former Minister of Health for Ethiopia, another Socialist from a Country without very much in the public health department.
We do need to GTFO.