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Critics urge WHO to reconsider Mugabe as its goodwill envoy

The British government said Mugabe's appointment was surprising and disappointing

Stephanie Nebehay & Kate Kelland | Reuters 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) should overturn its decision to appoint of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador, global health leaders said on Saturday, describing the move as unjustifiable and wrong. The British government said Mugabe’s appointment was “surprising and disappointing” and added that it risked overshadowing the WHO’s global work. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced the appointment at a high-level meeting on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Uruguay on Wednesday. The meeting was attended ...

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First Published: Sun, October 22 2017. 01:17 IST