Tedros Adhanom embarrasses WHO, its staff & United Nations system: First with his poor judgement, now bungling it with disgraceful retreat of first order! Not even an apology!

22 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
 


Allow me to state here, I have known it from the beginning, sternly campaigned he is no director-general material. My fear is I worry for the future of WHO, one of the most important United Nations specialised agencies. To that end, I have made all the relevant arguments. Sorry, the pharmaceutical industry prevailed.

His party, the TPLF is destroying Ethiopia, creating ethnic conflicts. When he is supposed to go to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the violations of fundamental human rights, tortures, the killings of citizens, especially high school boys and girls and university students, farmers their leadership has dislocated for them to become rich, he is sitting in Geneva, at the head of an important organisation in the field of health, without the essential qualities and gifts the job requires!

Those who have propelled this man now must own their very, very bad mistakes!

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau could not hide his eyes or ears. The National Post quotes him stating:

“Quite frankly I thought it was a bad April Fool’s joke,” Trudeau told reporters at a media availability in Edmonton on Saturday.

“It is absolutely unacceptable, absolutely inconceivable that his individual would have a role as a goodwill ambassador.”

 
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After Making Mugabe a ‘Good-Will Ambassador,’ W.H.O. Chief Is ‘Rethinking’ It — The New York Times

The World Health Organization’s decision to name President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe a “good-will ambassador” has provoked outrage from medical professionals, rights groups, opposition leaders and others who took to social media to call it an “insult” and “a sick joke.”

The 93-year-old African leader, who has long faced United States sanctions over his government’s human rights violations, received the title in Montevideo, Uruguay, this past week from the W.H.O.’s director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Dr. Tedros said he was “honored” to be joined by Mr. Mugabe, who could use the role “to influence his peers in his region” when it came to fighting noncommunicable diseases in Africa. The W.H.O. leader was speaking at a global conference that ran from Wednesday to Friday.

He also lauded Zimbabwe as “a country that places universal health coverage and health promotion at the center of its policies to provide health care to all.”

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The role of good-will ambassador is largely symbolic, but rights groups were scathing in their reaction to the symbolism of giving it to a man whose leadership, they say, has led to the collapse of its health service and major rights abuses in Zimbabwe.

Iain Levine, the program director at Human Rights Watch, said on Twitter, “Given Mugabe’s appalling human rights record, calling him a goodwill ambassador for anything embarrasses WHO and Doctor Tedros.”

The NCD Alliance, which works with the W.H.O. and other global groups to battle noncommunicable diseases, released a statement signed by 27 other health organizations — including the World Heart Federation, Action Against Smoking and Cancer Research UK — expressing “shock” at the appointment.

“Members of the NCD civil society movement present at the conference are shocked and deeply concerned to hear of this appointment, given President Mugabe’s long track record of human rights violations and undermining the dignity of human beings,” the statement said.

The State Department and the British government also reacted negatively. There was no immediate comment from Mr. Mugabe or his government.

A spokesman for the W.H.O., Christian Lindmeier, told Reuters that the agency’s director general was seeking broad support for its work. “Tedros has frequently talked of his determination to build a global movement to promote high-level political leadership for health,” he said.

Mr. Mugabe, one of the world’s longest-serving rulers, has shown no signs of stepping down even as Zimbabwe has fretted over his increasingly frail health and he has traveled abroad for treatment.

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Under his authoritarian rule, the country’s health care system, like many of its public services, has suffered badly, with hospitals frequently lacking essential supplies and nurses and doctors regularly left without pay.

Zimbabwe’s main opposition party, Movement for Democratic Change, described the W.H.O. appointment as “laughable.” A spokesman, Obert Gutu, was quoted in The Guardian as saying: “The Zimbabwe health delivery system is in a shambolic state. It is an insult.”

He added: “Mugabe trashed our health delivery system. He and his family go outside of the country for treatment in Singapore after he allowed our public hospitals to collapse.”

Hillel Neuer, the executive director of UN Watch, a human rights group, condemned the choice, saying: “The government of Robert Mugabe has brutalized human rights activists, crushed democracy dissidents and turned the breadbasket of Africa — and its health system — into a basket case. The notion that the U.N. should now spin this country as a great supporter of health is, frankly, sickening.”

The United Nations’ naming of ambassadors has run into trouble before.

In October, shortly after choosing António Guterres over seven female candidates for its top leadership position, the agency named the comic book heroine Wonder Woman as an honorary ambassador for “the empowerment of women and girls.”

Nearly 45,000 people signed a petition protesting the selection. “A large-breasted white woman of impossible proportions, scantily clad in a shimmery, thigh-baring body suit with an American flag motif and knee-high boots” is not an appropriate spokeswoman for gender equity at the United Nations, the petition said.

The United Nations dropped the superhero in December.

Dr. Tedros, an Ethiopian, is the first African to lead the United Nations’ health agency. He took office this year, replacing Margaret Chan, who stepped down in June after 10 years.

On Twitter, Mr. Neuer urged him to reverse course on Mr. Mugabe: “@DrTedros I urge you to cancel your appointment of Mugabe as W.H.O. ‘good-will ambassador’ — he ruined Zimbabwe’s health.”

In a tweet later on Saturday, Dr. Tedros wrote: “I’m listening. I hear your concerns. Rethinking the approach in light of WHO values. I will issue a statement as soon as possible.”
 

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