Yvonne Chaka Chaka to receive Award for her commitment in the fight against Malaria

By | 25 November 2010

Johannesburg, South Africa – This coming Monday November 29, 2010, renowned singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka will receive a special award from the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) and the United Nations in South Africa as RBM Goodwill Ambassador and for her significant contribution and long-standing commitment in the fight against malaria.

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.

Herve Verhoosel, RBM External Relations Manager said about the upcoming event “RBM is very proud to have Yvonne Chaka Chaka as Goodwill Ambassador. She is an amazing person, giving her time and energy to help save lives.” In addition to being RBM Goodwill Ambassador, Yvonne is also Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF.

“Yvonne has traveled the world advocating against the plight of the millions of people who are infected and affected by malaria every day. She has met with Heads of States, Ministers and other dignitaries but has also visited endemic countries where she has witnessed firsthand the significant impact malaria control interventions to save lives” he said.

Recently, Yvonne was with RBM in New York during the United Nations’ General Assembly to raise awareness on malaria and highlight the important role of women in the fight against this preventable and treatable disease since women and children bear the greatest burden of malaria. Because malaria is a global emergency that affects mostly poor women and children, malaria perpetuates a vicious cycle of poverty in the developing world.

The evening event on Monday November 29, 2010 in Sandton Johannesburg will begin with the screening of a social documentary by Suzanne Koch: < The Motherland Tour: A Journey of African Women > with Yvonne Chaka Chaka, which interweaves Yvonne’s music with the true stories of women and girls in Africa who face struggles such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, maternal and child health and challenges in accessing education. Yvonne has also presented the documentary in Brussels, Geneva, Los Angeles, Ottawa, Addis Ababa and Nairobi among other cities.

Following the film, Dr. Awa Marie Coll-Seck, RBM Executive Director alongside the United Nations and other dignitaries will make a Special Award presentation to Yvonne Chaka Chaka as RBM Goodwill Ambassador for her dedicated fight and advocacy against malaria.

Yvonne grew up in a township of Soweto before using her music to bring about positive change for those suffering poverty and disease. The evening will honor Yvonne’s dedication and continued leadership in fight against malaria and other diseases and giving hope to those infected and affected by them throughout Africa and around the world.

“Yvonne is truly an inspiration” said Herve Verhoosel.

Contacts for the press
For more information, photos or to attend the event, please contact:

Geoffrey So  (travelling to South Africa on Nov. 26)
External Relations Officer
Roll Back Malaria Partnership Secretariat – New York Office
Hosted by WHO Office at the United Nations
Tel: +1 646 626 6049
Email: gso@whoun.org

Herve Verhoosel  (traveling to South Africa on Nov. 28)
External Relations Manager
Roll Back Malaria Partnership Secretariat – New York Office

Hosted by WHO Office at the United Nations
Tel: +1 646 626 6043
Mobile: +1 917 345 5238
Email: hverhoosel@whoun.org

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