Meet the UNICEF Representative in Zimbabwe

Find out more about the UNICEF Representative in Zimbabwe, Dr. Mohamed Ayoya.

UNICEF Representative in Zimbabwe
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Dr. Mohamed Ayoya is the UNICEF Representative to Zimbabwe. Dr. Ayoya joined UNICEF Zimbabwe in 2016 and he is based in Harare.

On joining the Zimbabwean team, Dr. Ayoya said: “It is critical that we build on the progress we have collectively made in reducing maternal and child mortality, increasing access to education, ensuring communities have safe water and sanitation and providing protection services to vulnerable children.”

He added that:

Now more than ever, we are required to do more with less, and that means we must make smart, strategic choices about where we spend our resources, how we spend them, and with what results

Prior to this appointment, Dr. Ayoya served as UNICEF Representative in Guinea, where among others, he played a critical role in leading UNICEF’s response to the Ebola outbreak.

Dr. Ayoya first joined UNICEF in 2006 as a Nutrition Specialist in the regional office for West and Central Africa based in Dakar, Senegal.

He has since worked in nutrition in Sierra Leone, India, and Haiti, where he also headed UNICEF’s child survival and development programme, was responsible for developing child survival strategies and capacity-building interventions using the human rights approach. He also served as Deputy UNICEF Representative in Haiti.

A national of Mali, Dr. Ayoya holds a medical degree from the School of Medicine of Mali and a PhD in Nutrition from Cornell University in the United States

UNICEF Representative in Zimbabwe
Dr. Mohamed Ayoya (UNICEF Representative) with Annabel Gerry (Head of DFID Zimbabwe and South Africa) and Environmental Health Response Team member take part in the distribution of buckets during the Cholera Outbreak.