The leadership of Zimbabwe is now imprinted globally with the election of the country’s Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr David Parirenyatwa to chair the World Health Assembly (WHA) which is the world’s highest health policy setting body.

The chairmanship of the WHA which is the decision making body of the World Health Organisation (WHO) is done on a rotational basis.

2018 to 2019 will be Africa’s turn to chair the organisation which currently has 194 member states.

The Minister of Health is currently chairing the WHO Regional Committee until 2018 when a new chair will be elected. 

Speaking about his appointment Dr Parirenyatwa said his mandate will include coordination of disease surveillance, early-warning efforts and to direct policies of the organisation among other duties in collaboration with fellow ministers of health.

Zimbabwe’s Health Minister will be deputised by Cameroon’s Minister of Public Health, Mr Andre Mama Fouda who was elected as the first vice chairperson while Cote D’Ivoire’s Minister of Health and Public Hygiene, Raymond Coffie will be the second vice chairperson.

Minister Parirenyatwa was elected by other African Ministers of Health who attended the 67th session of the WHO Regional Committee meeting.