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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.

Group photo 3rd Kenjin-Tatsujin council general meeting in Kyoto

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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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.