Yvonne Chaka Chaka - Goodwill Ambassador
Yvonne is acknowledged as a world-class performer defined by originality, creativity, and consummate showmanship.
UNICEF appointed Yvonne as a Special Ambassador on Malaria in Eastern and Southern Africa in April 2005. Since her appointment, Yvonne has been a tireless campaigner for children, ensuring that her voice, unique talents and well-known personality are used to draw global attention to the terrible impact of malaria on Africa's children. In this role, she has traveled to several African countries to call upon policy makers to commit greater human and financial resources to malaria, and to communities where she has positively influenced use of preventive tools, such as insecticide treated nets. Yvonne’s commitment to social issues also extends to her untiring fundraising efforts and commitment to orphans, people living with HIV, illiteracy, terminal illness, abuse and poverty. In March 2007, Yvonne achieved another milestone when she was appointed a global Roll-Back Malaria Goodwill Ambassador.
In 2012, Yvonne became the first African woman to be awarded the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award for her commitment to health and social development issues. Yvonne also lent her voice to the I Believe in Zero campaign, which urged South Africans to take stand against child abuse.