Johannesburg – The Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) and the United Nations in South Africa co-hosted a special evening event last night in Sandton in recognition of Yvonne Chaka Chaka for her work as RBM Goodwill Ambassador, advocating for those affected by malaria.
On behalf of RBM Partners, Her Excellency Mrs. Nompumelelo Zuma, First Lady of the Republic of South Africa and Professor Awa Marie Coll-Seck, RBM Executive Director, together with representatives from UN agencies and the Global Fund to HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria, presented a special award to Yvonne.
Professor Agostinho Zacarias, UN Resident Coordinator for South Africa and The Minister of Women, Children & Disability, Ms. Lulu Cingwane talked about the importance of MDGs and women and children’s health to the 400 guests in attendance, including Ms. Zanile Mbeki, Former First Lady of South Africa. Dr. Tiny Mhinga, Yvonne’s husband and their children spoke of how proud they were of her commitment and example to help those without a voice.
The evening event featured the screening of the social documentary < The Motherland Tour: A Journey of African Women > which documents the challenges women and girls face in Africa. “Yvonne, you are an inspiration. Your voice and leadership have contributed to put malaria, a once neglected health issue in the international spotlight and on the global health and development agenda“ said Professor Coll-Seck. Yvonne thanked her family and many of her friends and renewed her commitment to the work of RBM Partners.
RBM is a global partnership founded in 1998 by World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Bank. It is a public-private partnership whose primary objective is to lead the coordination of the fight against malaria worldwide.