WHO Goodwill Ambassadors
WHO Goodwill Ambassador is an official postnominal honorific title, title of authority, legal status and job description assigned to those goodwill ambassadors and advocates who are designated by the United Nations. WHO goodwill ambassadors are celebrity advocates of the World Health Organization (WHO) and use their talent and fame to advocate for health and well-being.


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Yohei Sasakawa
Japan 2001
Chairman, Nippon Foundation. Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination

Liya Kebede
Ethiopia 2005
Goodwill Ambassador

Sylvie Vartan
Bulgaria 2005
Goodwill Ambassador

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Austria 2005
Goodwill Ambassador

Nancy Brinker
United States 2009
Founder, Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Goodwill Ambassador for Cancer Control

Jet Li
China 2009–2014
International film star. Goodwill Ambassador

Craig David
United Kingdom 2010
Singer. Goodwill Ambassador for the Stop TB Partnership

Peng Liyuan
China 2011
Vocal artist. Goodwill Ambassador for Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS

Christine Kaseba-Sata
Zambia 2012–2014
Doctor, Against Gender-based Violence

Amitabh Bachchan
India 2017
Goodwill ambassador for awareness of Hepatitis

Cancellation of status
On 21 October 2017 the WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus appointed Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe as a WHO goodwill ambassador to help tackle non-communicable diseases for Africa. The appointment address praised Mugabe for his commitment to public health in Zimbabwe. The naming attracted widespread condemnation in WHO member states and international organisations due to Mugabe's poor record on human rights and presiding over a decline in Zimbabwe's public health. Following widespread criticism, Tedros Adhanom was forced to withdraw the appointment (cancel the title) the next day.