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Over the next two weeks South Africa’s world-renowned singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka will commemorate her work as a humanitarian,  as a singer, and as a Roll Back Malaria and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

Through raising awareness and resources to defeat malaria, and advocating on behalf of women and children, Yvonne has worked tirelessly to bring better health and livelihoods to the people of Africa. To mark her enormous contribution, the Roll Back Malaria Partnership would like to thank her most sincerely for her enduring commitment and support in waging a daily battle against malaria and giving a voice to the vulnerable and voiceless. We plan to share snapshots of her work, her message, and her music over the coming days.

Several concerts have been organised in South Africa ( 26 to 28 March)  , a joint UNICEF/RBM Press Conference in Johannesburg on March 31st  and other special events in recognition of Yvonne’s work.

Today Yvonne Chaka Chaka performs in Cape Town in order to celebrate her music career and humanitarian work for UNICEF and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership. Watch Yvonne Chaka Chaka’s live performance of ‘Man of the World’ at Mandela Day 2009.

See the documentary about Chaka Chaka’s world tour.


In 2005 Zambia hosted the regional Africa Malaria Day.  “Working with partners has allowed Zambia to make great strides in the fight against malaria,” said the Minister of Health.  

In 2008 Zambia welcomed the world, hosting the first-ever World Malaria Day.  We showed the power of partnership and political will, our investment resulting in treated bed nets, indoor spraying, test kits and treatment available nationwide.  

In 2015 we are planning a big event and elimination is at the top of our agenda.  The country is again in the spotlight as the world wants to learn about our serious plans to eliminate malaria. The fight against the disease is now where it should be: at the household. 

As we plan to commemorate World Malaria Day we recognize that, ultimately, it comes down to a health worker walking many kilometers under a hot sun to touch the ends of her community; a father allowing his family to be tested; a clinical officer submitting weekly data and ensuring there are enough supplies on the shelf; a chief urging his subjects to take new medicines; a radio reporter gathering stories on how to target the malaria parasite; a teacher sharing with her class the symptoms of the disease; a pupil persuading his mother to listen to the health worker at the door.

From a strong global partnership to a mother in Kazungula, the fight continues.  In Southern Province, the front line in our push for elimination, we have a saying in the local language: 'Munwe omwe taupwayi njina'—literally 'one finger cannot crush a louse'.  It means we can achieve if we work together.   

The last kilometer is the most difficult, but we are confident of success.  One Zambia, One Nation... and together, One Future free from malaria.