Personally hailed by Nelson Mandela as a South African ‘national icon’, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Yvonne Chaka Chaka will be arriving in Australia next week to promote awareness around malaria for the 2012 Malaria Conference in Sydney.
Yvonne’s visit to Australia follows the announcement of the 2012 International Malaria Summit, hosted in Sydney next week. The summit will involve several high-level meetings with various health ministers and experts from around the globe, as they specifically focus on addressing the regional threat of malaria within the Asia-Pacific Region.
According to the World Health Organization, there are more than 200 million malaria cases globally each year, with more than 30 million cases and 42,000 lives lost in the Asia-Pacific region in 2010 alone. More than 90 per cent of these deaths were in India, Burma, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
Our partners at RESULTS International (Australia) and UNICEF Australia have planned an evening of entertainment with Yvonne, the acclaimed ‘Princess of Africa’, in Sydney, Wednesday, October 31, where Yvonne will sing and talk of her work as UNICEF’s Special Ambassador on Malaria and her role at the Sydney event Malaria 2012.
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