Minister of Health and Child Care David Parirenyatwa was elected as the President of the 71st World Health Assembly (WHA). The presidency changes every year, and Zimbabwe was elected to be president for 2018. The World Health Organisation (WHO) describes the WHA as
The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO. It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board. The main functions of the World Health Assembly are to determine the policies of the Organization, appoint the Director-General, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed programme budget.