UN draws flak after naming Mugabe goodwill ambassador
Friday October 20 2017
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has been named a "goodwill ambassador" by the UN World Health Organisation. FILE PHOTO | AFP
The UN World Health Organisation (WHO) asked Mugabe to serve in the role to help tackle non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart attacks, strokes and asthma across Africa.
Zimbabwe's healthcare system, like many of its public services, has collapsed under Mugabe's authoritarian regime, with most hospitals out of stock of essential medicines and supplies, and nurses and doctors regularly left unpaid.
Mugabe, who has been in power since 1980, is in increasingly fragile health and makes regular trips abroad for medical treatment.