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24 March World TB Day. Wanted: Leaders for a TB-free world.

March 27, saw the launch of Zambia National Tuberculosis (TB) Caucus in commemoration of World TB day which was held in Lusaka. The Caucus was spearheaded by CITAMplus as one of many ways to fight TB. The launch saw over 33 Members of Parliament, in attendance was the Minister of Health Dr. Chitalu Chilufya MP; Interim Chairperson Parliamentary Committee on Health Dr. Christopher Kalila MP; National TB Program Dr. Patrick Lungu; African Regional TB Caucus Chairperson Hon. Stephen Mule (MP Kenyan Parliament); Hon Princess Kasune, MP and it was officially launched by the 2nd Deputy Speaker Hon Mwimba Malama.

Yvonne Chaka Chaka gave a heartfelt speech where she pointed out that the African region accounted for 28% of global TB cases in 2014 and in 2016 alone 750,000 people died because of TB and 17 000  was from Zambia.

Yvonne called on political leaders especially those in government to show political will towards the fight to end TB by 2030, She urged members of parliament and politicians in general to ensure that they double their efforts in ensuring that the people they represent understand that TB is not a death sentence as it is treatable and curable. She further called for prudent application of resources meant for TB programs as she has observed that Africa is blessed with resources which can be used to improve the lives of its people but the resources have not been channeled towards that. Yvonne emphasized that the disease can be eliminated even before 2030.

“Zambia’s Caucus is being launched in a very opportune year. A special year when the United General Assembly has accepted to give TB a special session for Heads of State to deliberate on commitments they need to make towards ending TB in their individual countries and globally. She called on His Excellency President Edgar Lungu to ensure that he attends the forum to represent Zambia in the deliberations and make his legacy by leading Zambia out of the list of the countries with high TB burden.” She said on her closing remarks.

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Yvonne Chaka Chaka participated in the 3rd General Meeting of the Kenjin-Tatsujin International Advisory Council that took place on 1 – 3 March in Kyoto, Japan.

As a council member Yvonne Chaka Chaka participated in the 3rd General Meeting of the Kenjin-Tatsujin International Advisory Council that took place on 1 – 3 March in Kyoto, Japan.

Ashinaga is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) founded in Japan which provide financial aid and psychological support to young people around the world who has lost one or both parent

During the 3ʳᵈ General Meeting, the Kenjin-Tatsujin International Advisory Council declared the building of an educational facility in the city of Kyoto, to help foster the future leaders of Africa.

The Council also pledges to support the recruitment of highly skilled and passionate teachers from all over the world, especially from Africa, and to provide the wisdom of its own members for support and mentoring.

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Malaria Must Die So Millions Can Live global campaign

 

All 53 Commonwealth nations heard the call and taken the bold, political action we’ve been striving for: A commitment to halve malaria in the Commonwealth by 2023. Thanks to the  financial, political and scientific commitments totalling £2.9 billion ($4.1 billion) made at the Malaria Summit London 2018, we are well on the way to making sure this killer disease can be ended for good.

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Universal Health Coverage Forum 2017

UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE FORUM 2017

In October 2017 the GGG+Forum was held to encourage the Japanese government to increase financial resources required to achieve global health security for the UHC Summit and true to their word the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged 2.9 billion dollars towards UHC and vowed that no one will be left behind.

The UHC is about ensuring that people have access to the health care they need without suffering financial hardship. It also helps drive better health and development outcomes, the forum aims to galvanize the health sector, countries, development partners, civil society, and the private sector towards the common goal of UHC, including pandemic preparedness, and highlighting country success and breakthrough experiences to accelerate the progress of UHC.

The Princess of Africa Foundation was part of the forum and Yvonne co-moderated the closing session of the forum where speakers such as the State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Japan, Mr Kazuyuki Nakane, President of the World Bank, Mr Jim Yong King and  Director General at WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus… The forum was attended by more than 300 delegates  and some civil society members were streaming online.

In her closing remarks, Yvonne Chaka Chaka made a call for action to all the leaders,”Our children are going to ask us, what we did? We must walk the talk to achieve health for all”

To wrap up the forum Yvonne sang one of her songs called Well Organized Men; the lyrics clearly states the importance of women and the need to equal representation including in leadership which is what she advocates for and closed by saying  “I’m a woman and I’m gonna change the world”

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Yvonne Chaka Chaka in Toronto, Canada to celebrate the 4th Anniversary of Nelson Mandela Passing – December 2017

The Princess of Africa Foundation was invited by the President of Toronto Raptors and the Founder of Gaints of Africa Foundation, Masai Ujiri, to speak at The Giant of Africa event in Toronto, Canada.  The purpose of the event was to help Ujuri celebrate his hero Nelson Mandela and also commemorate the fourth anniversary of Mandela’s passing. Yvonne was a part of a panel of esteemed guest such as Dikembe Mutombo, talking about her own experience of Mandela.

The event started off with an intimate breakfast session in honor of the late South African President and Nobel Peace Prize winner  Nelson Mandela, followed by a visit to school camp site to engage learners about freedom in South African context.

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The 16th of November marked the 2nd Biennial BVSM Awards 2017

The 16th of November marked the 2nd Biennial BVSM Awards 2017

The Princess Of Africa Foundation held their 2nd biennial “Backing Vocalists and Session Musicians Awards” (BVSM) on the 16th November 2017 at the Soweto Theater under the theme “On the Road to Freedom” honoring the BVSM from 1990 to 1995. The 1st Biennial awards were themed “Legends in the Music Industry”

On the night Yvonne Chaka Chaka emphasized that she will take the awards to other countries but first she wanted to do the awards at home as charity begins at home.

The categories varied from Reggae, Rock & Pop, Gospel to Contemporary and Kwaito, the winners included The legendary Victor Masondo, Malie Kellie, Paul Hanmer, Sello Montwedi and the percussion ensemble Amapondo to name a few. “They are our unseen heroes in the music industry” said Yvonne.

To make the night more fun, for lifetime achievement award category, BVSM applauded the veteran popular gospel star Deborah Fraser, music producer Thapelo Khomo and Dr Victor Khojane for their enormous contribution.

The BVSM awards identify and recognize backing vocalists and session musicians for their contribution towards the development of music in South Africa. These awards were first launched in October 2014 and they are the brainchild of Yvonne Chaka Chaka.

The awards were truly amazing and brought together more than 500 guests that looked amazing and were dressed to the nines. The Princess of Africa Foundation would like to acknowledge all the sponsors without whom, the event would not have taken place; The Department of Arts and Culture, Nandos South Africa, Foschini, Lufi-D and Black Opal.