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South African Singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka Takes on Malaria In Africa

The popular South African singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka has added advocacy for the cause of defeating malaria to her portfolio.

Chaka Chaka, who was named spokeswoman on anti-malaria programs for Southern Africa by the United Nations Children's Fund, or UNESCO, was in Washington recently for the launch of a public-private partnership to combat the deadly disease.

The event was sponsored by U.S. President George Bush and First Lady Laura Bush. The President’s Malaria Initiative aims to half malaria deaths in 15 African countries.

Chaka Chaka, who has visited Zimbabwe recently in her UNICEF capacity, said in an interview with reporter Ndimyake Mwakalyelye of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that she hopes to raise public awareness of malaria's deadly impact.

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