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UAM Champions

UAM Champion: Yvonne Chaka Chaka

For renowned singer-songwriter and United Against Malaria champion Yvonne Chaka Chaka, one of the most powerful weapons in the fight against malaria is the human voice. In February 2013, the South African superstar performed her malaria anthem "Hearts on Fire" during the closing ceremony of the Africa Cup of Nations—the continent’s premier tournament—to raise awareness and support for ending malaria.

UAM Champion: Herbert Zake, Standard Chartered Bank Uganda

Herbert Zake is the head of corporate affairs at Standard Chartered Bank Uganda, which has 11 branches and 600 employees in the country. He is an active champion of the United Against Malaria (UAM) campaign and a committee member of the Private Sector Health Common Fund for maternal and child health in Uganda.

UAM Champion: Said Muhammad Said Abeid, Said Salim Bakhresa & Co.

An active champion of United Against Malaria, Mr. Said Muhammad Said Abeid is the general manager of Said Salim Bakhresa & Co. (SSB), an East African flour mill in Tanzania that processes wheat, maize and rice.  

UAM Champion: Tanzania Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda

Since the national launch of Malaria Safe on November 29, 2012, in Tanzania, Prime Minister Hon. Mizengo Pinda has championed the role of the private sector in the country's malaria control strategy, working with Voices to engage stakeholders at the highest levels.

UAM Champion: Ghana Football Association President Kwesi Nyantakyi

Ghana Football Association (GFA) president and Confederation of African Football (CAF) executive committee member Kwesi Nyantakyi has championed the United Against Malaria (UAM) campaign since its inception in 2009, bringing visibility to a deadly disease that is responsible for 22 percent of deaths in children under the age of five in Ghana. During the qualifying games of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the Ghana Black Stars, played Mali in a match dedicated to the fight against malaria, with oversized mosquito nets hanging in the stadium and UAM messaging on the field.

UAM Champion: Nando's CEO and Founder Robert Brozin

Robert Brozin, CEO and Founder of Nando’s Chickenland, was born in Middelburg, about 200 kilometers from Johannesburg, South Africa. After a two-year army stint, a bachelor’s degree at University, and working two years at Price Waterhouse, he moved to Teltron, a Johannesburg-based electronics company. Whilst at Teltron, Brozin was introduced to Chickenland and envisioned building a global brand. Today that dream is a major success story.

UAM Champion: Librairie de France CEO Rene Yedieti

Mr. Rene Yedieti, the CEO of the Librairie de France Groupe in Cote d’Ivoire, has been instrumental in recruiting public and private sector partners to the UAM campaign and to malaria control. For his efforts, he was awarded in November 2011 with the United Against Malaria Golden Boot.

UAM Champion: Tanzania Football Federation President Leodegar Tenga

Leodegar Tenga is a respected football official and UAM ambassador in Tanzania. Bringing leadership and insight to the campaign, he serves concurrently as an executive committee member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), as chair of the Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA), as president of the Tanzanian Football Federation (TFF), and as a member of FIFA's Technical Study Group. He is also a former manager and player with the Tanzania national football team.