CHAMPIONS FOR OUR CAUSE

 
 
  • STEVEN PIENAAR

    Steven Piennar is a South African footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for the English club Everton. He is also the former captain of the South African national team.

    In 2012 Steven lent his voice to deliver malaria prevention and treatment messages as part of a new UAM public service announcement series (PSAs) airing throughout Africa in 2013.

     
     
     
     
  • CHRIS KATONGO

    Chris Katongo is a Zambian footballer who currently plays as a striker and serves as the captain of the Zambian National Football Team. His team is the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations champions and he won Player of the Tournament in 2012 and BBC’s African Footballer of Year Award in 2012. Chris also plays for the Chinese Super League Club Henan Construction F.C.

    Chris has himself suffered from malaria and in 2010 he lent his voice to deliver malaria prevention and treatment messages as part of UAM public service announcements (PSAs) that aired leading up to and during the FIFA World Cup. In 2012, Chris once again lent his voice to the campaign to deliver these important life-saving messages in new PSAs running throughout African in 2013.

     

     
     
     
     
  • SAMUEL ETO’O

    Samuel Eto’o is a Cameroonian footballer who currently plays as a striker for the Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala. He has also recently joined the Cameroon National Team as Captain. He was part of the squad that won the 2000 Olympic tournament and has played in three World Cups and six Africa Cup of Nations. He has led his national team to victory twice in the Cup of Nations and is the all-time leading scorer in the history of the tournament.

    In 2012, Eto’o lent his voice to deliver malaria prevention and treatment messages as part of a new UAM public service announcement (PSA) series airing throughout Africa in 2013.

     
     
     
     
  • DIDIER DROGBA

    Didier Drogba is an Ivorian footballer who plays center-forward for Shanghai Shenhua. He is the captain and all-time top scorer for the Cote d’Ivoire National Football Team. He previously played for Chelsea and is currently Chelsea’s fourth highest goal scorer of all time. In 2007, Dogba created the Didier Drogba Foundation, which aims to provide financial and material support in both health and education to African people.

    Drogba himself has suffered from malaria and in the past and in 2012, lent his voice to deliver malaria prevention and treatment messages as part of a new UAM public service announcement series (PSAs) airing throughout Africa in 2013.

     
     
     
     
  • DEGU DEBEBE

    Degu Debebe is an Ethiopian footballer who currently plays as a defender for Saint-George SA. He is also captain of the Ethiopian National Football Team.

    In 2012 Degu lent his voice to deliver malaria prevention and treatment messages as part of a new UAM public service announcement series (PSAs) airing throughout Africa in 2013.

     
     
     
     
  • ROBERT BROZIN

    “As a company born and bred in Africa, Nando’s believes strongly in supporting programmes that make a real difference to the people of the continent that we call home. The time to act is now, and it’s incumbent on Africans to be part of eradicating malaria from our magnificent continent.”

    Robert Brozin, founder of Nando’sChickenland, 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 at PricewaterhouseCoopers, 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. Brozin bought Chickenland with good friend Fernando Duarte, changed it into Nando’s, and today Nando’s is represented on five continents and in 30 countries around the globe.

     
     
     
     
  • YVONNE CHAKA CHAKA

    “If we’re serious about improving global prosperity, we need to be serious about solving some of the obstacles in our way. Global health problems – such as malaria – are certainly in our way. It is important that we continue to communicate, inform and educate people.”

    Known as the Princess of Africa, Yvonne Chaka Chaka is an internationally recognized and highly respected singer, entrepreneur, and humanitarian. She has been in the music industry for more than 25 years, winning various awards including the SAMA, KORA, OKTV, and Autumn Harvest, among a host of others. In addition to her successful singing/song-writing career, Chaka Chaka tirelessly champions for malaria control as Goodwill Ambassador for the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Malaria in Africa, United Nations MDG Envoy for Africa, and through her own charity, the Princess of Africa Foundation. In 2012, Chaka Chaka became the first African woman to receive the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award.

     
     
     
     
  • AWA MARIE COLL-SECK

    “By continuing to forge new and innovative partnerships that allow us to leverage unique platforms like the power and popularity of football, we can move closer to making malaria a problem of the past.”

    Professor Awa Marie Coll-Seck is the former executive director of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership (2004 to 2012). Founded in 1998, the RBM Partnership provides coordination for a broad range of partners engaged in dramatically reducing deaths from malaria. Previously, as Senegal’s Minister of Health (2001-2003), Coll-Seck initiated far-reaching reform of the health sector and undertook nationwide campaigns to provide free malaria treatments to children under five. The Professor also served as a director at the Joint United Nations Programme for HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). Coll-Seck has been awarded numerous professional and academic honors, serving for more than twenty years as a specialist in infectious diseases as professor of medicine and infectious diseases, and chief of service for infectious diseases.

     
     
     
     
  • LANDON DONOVAN

    “When I first learned about malaria, there was one statistic that caught my attention the most: in the 90 minutes it takes to play a football match, we can save 120 people who would otherwise die from malaria.”

    Knowing that this disease is both preventable and treatable makes it all the more necessary for us to eliminate it once and for all. I am committed to help highlight this effort on a global level and am honored to be a captain for this cause.”

    Landon Donovan is an American footballer who plays as a forward or midfielder for Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy. He is the all-time leader in scoring and assists for the US national team, and a four-time winner of the US Soccer Athlete of the Year award. Donovan’s goals in the 2010 World Cup made him the highest scoring American player in World Cup history. Off the pitch, he is a hero as well – Donovan has lent his voice to the United Against Malaria campaign in various ways including media interviews and participation in a public service announcement series in the lead-up to 2010 World Cup.

     
     
     
     
  • DON GARBER

    Don Garber is the commissioner of Major League Soccer, chief executive officer of Soccer United Marketing, and a member of the US Soccer Federation board of directors. He has spent his entire career in the sports industry, working in a variety of capacities in marketing, television and League administration.

    Garber has long been a supporter of United Against Malaria, helping officially launch the campaign in 2009 and participating in multiple events to raise awareness.

     
     
     
     
  • MELINDA FRENCH GATES

    “Malaria is a battle that can be won. United Against Malaria is a coalition of stars and everyday heroes in football, entertainment, government, business and international development who have united to declare: ‘We will not accept this. We pledge to win this battle, together.’”

    As co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Melinda shapes and approves foundation strategies, reviews results, advocates for the foundation’s issues, and helps set the overall direction of the organization. Gates holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and economics from Duke University and a master’s in business administration from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. After working for Microsoft Corp. since 1987, she retired from her position as Microsoft’s General Manager of Information Products to direct her energy toward the nonprofit world. In addition to Gates’ role with the foundation, she is a former member of the board of trustees of Duke University and is a former co-chair of the Washington State Governor’s Commission on Early Learning.

     
     
     
     
  • YOUSSOU N’DOUR

    “Like music, football has the power to reach people across the globe and profoundly affect their lives. I am grateful to the world football community for standing united against the disease and shining a spotlight on malaria.”

    YoussouN’Dour is a Senegalese singer, composer, bandleader, and producer with a prodigious musical intelligence. According to Rolling Stone, he is “perhaps the most famous singer alive” and was named to the “TIME 100” in 2007. In addition to being one of the most celebrated musicians in history, he brings a committed and passionate energy to numerous humanitarian causes, including malaria. N’Dour serves as Goodwill Ambassador to the Roll Back Malaria Partnership and Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, and founded the YND Foundation, a humanitarian organization that brings opportunities to African youth.

     
     
     
     
  • PHUTHUMA NHLEKO

    Mr. PhuthumaNhleko is the former president and chief executive officer of the MTN Group, a multi-national telecommunications company that began operations in South Africa in 1994. As of March 2011, Nhleko assumed the position of vice chairman of the MTN Group and chairman of MTN International.

    MTN’s global footprint includes operations in 21 countries spanning three continents with nearly 35,000 employees (representing 55 nationalities). As the first and only African global sponsor of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa and a member of United Against Malaria, MTN identified malaria control as one of the key legacies of the World Cup. Since joining UAM, MTN has leveraged its technology and communication platforms to educate communities through radio, television, SMS, billboards and fliers. With 91 million subscribers in Africa, the company has tremendous visibility and reach.

     
     
     
     
  • MOLLY SIMS

    “The United Against Malaria campaign is a great way for people to get involved in the fight against malaria. Malaria is a devastating disease, killing a child every minute. An inexpensive mosquito net can be the difference between life and death.”

    Molly Sims is an actress, model and humanitarian, recently named a global ambassador for PSI’s child survival program, Five & Alive. Simms has been featured on several magazine covers including Glamour, Self, Mademoiselle and Cosmopolitan as well as a coveted spot four years in a row in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. She successfully transitioned from model to actress when she was cast on NBC’s former series “Las Vegas.” She has also appeared in several feature films including the 2008 hit, “Yes Man” starring Jim Carrey. Simms is a native of Murray, KY, and currently resides in Los Angeles.

     
     
     
     
  • ANNA KOURNIKOVA

    “Malaria is widespread and claims millions of lives. The good news is that we have cost-effective tools that can prevent the disease from taking another life. Join me and become United Against Malaria.”

    Born in Moscow, Russia, Anna Kournikova picked up her first tennis racquet at the age of five. Now an internationally recognized tennis star, Kournikova is expanding her role on the world stage as a voice of children’s health, sportsmanship, and spirit. In 2008, Kournikova became an ambassador for PSI, a leading global health organization. Her work with them includes a trip to Haiti where she worked with their ground partners to promote safe drinking water and malaria prevention.

     
     
     
     
  • MIKKEL VESTERGAARD FRANDSEN

    “We are honored to be the first bed net manufacturer to join the United Against Malaria campaign, and I’m personally committed to using my company’s unique skills to develop the most scientifically advanced products needed to fight malaria. By focusing on next-generation bed nets to battle the growing problem of insecticide-resistance, we can beat this preventable disease once and for all.”

    MikkelVestergaardFrandsen is the chief executive officer of VestergaardFrandsen, a leading European-based innovator and manufacturer of products that prevent the transmission of malaria, HIV/AIDS and waterborne diseases. VestergaardFrandsen operates under a unique Humanitarian Entrepreneurship business model, whose “profit for a purpose” approach has turned corporate social responsibility into its core business.

     
     
     
     
  • KINGSLEY HOLGATE

    “I feel blessed to be born under African skies and, after countless expeditions, felt it was time to give something back to Mama Africa. With your support we can continue to use adventure to improve and save lives.”

    Holgate is considered one of Africa`s most colorful modern day explorers. He is an adventurer, author, television personality and fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Getaway Magazine calls him their Explorer in Residence, the most traveled man in Africa.

    Holgate has led numerous expeditions throughout Africa in support of United Against Malaria, including the current Great African Rift Valley Expedition that will extend through the end of 2012. He also shares his passion for malaria prevention and education by promoting the United Against Malaria bracelet, developed in 2009 by UAM partners, Nando’s and Relate. Proceeds from the bracelets benefit the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria,as well as wages for the beaders in South Africa, many of whom are affected by HIV/AIDS.

     
     
     
     
  • ANDRÉ (DEDE) AYEW

    “All children deserve a chance at greatness, just like their heroes on the football pitch. United, we can beat malaria.”

    André Morgan Rami Ayew, often referred to as simply Dede, is a Ghanaian footballer who plays as a winger for French club Marseille in Ligue 1. Ayew is the son of Abedi Pele, three-time winner of BBC’s African Footballer of the Year, and was a recipient of the award himself in 2011. In addition, he has two brothers, Ibrahim and Jordan (another UAM champion), who also play football.

    In 2011, André lent his voice to deliver malaria prevention and treatment messages as part of a new United Against Malaria public service announcement (PSA) series airing throughout Africa in 2012. The PSAs focus on the importance of malaria prevention and treatment for children in Africa, “because all children deserve a chance at greatness, just like their heroes on the football pitch.”

     
     
     
     
  • JORDAN AYEW

    “All children deserve a chance at greatness, just like their heroes on the football pitch. United, we can beat malaria.”

    Jordan Pierre Ayew is a Ghanaian footballer who plays as a striker for French Ligue 1 club Olympique de Marseille. Ayew is the son of Abedi Pele, three-time winner of BBC’s African Footballer of the Year award. In addition, he has two brothers, Ibrahim and André (another UAM champion), who also play football.

    In 2011, Jordan lent his voice to deliver malaria prevention and treatment messages as part of a new United Against Malaria public service announcement (PSA) series airing throughout Africa in 2012. The PSAs focus on the importance of malaria prevention and treatment for children in Africa, “because all children deserve a chance at greatness, just like their heroes on the football pitch.”

     
     
     
     
  • MOUSSA SOW

    “All children deserve a chance at greatness, just like their heroes on the football pitch. United, we can beat malaria.”

    Moussa Sow is French-born Senegalese football player who plays as a striker for Fenerbahçe in Turkey.

    In 2011, Moussa lent his voice to deliver malaria prevention and treatment messages as part of a new United Against Malaria public service announcement (PSA) series airing throughout Africa in 2012. The PSAs focus on the importance of malaria prevention and treatment for children in Africa, “because all children deserve a chance at greatness, just like their heroes on the football pitch.”

     
     
     
     
  • CHARLES KABORÉ

    “All children deserve a chance at greatness, just like their heroes on the football pitch. United, we can beat malaria.”

    Charles Kaboré is a footballer from Burkino Faso who plays as a midfielder for French club Marseille.

    In 2011, Charles lent his voice to deliver malaria prevention and treatment messages as part of a new United Against Malaria public service announcement (PSA) series airing throughout Africa in 2012. The PSAs focus on the importance of malaria prevention and treatment for children in Africa, “because all children deserve a chance at greatness, just like their heroes on the football pitch.”

     
     
     
     
  • KWESI NYANTAKYI

    “For us at the GFA, it is a social service obligation to be part of this campaign … malaria has held back our country and our continent for far too long and we must wake up and kick it out now.”

    KwesiNyantaki is president of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Executive Committee, and recently appointed to FIFA’s Organising Committee for the Olympic Football Tournaments.

    Nyantaki and the GFA have brought unparalleled visibility to the fight against malaria in Ghana and throughout Africa. Most recently, Nyantaki and several Ghanian footballer stars lent their voices to a new UAM public service announcement (PSA) series airing throughout Africa in 2012. The PSAs focus on the importance of malaria prevention and treatment for children in Africa, “because all children deserve a chance at greatness, just like their heroes on the football pitch.”

     
     
     
     
  • LEODEGAR TENGA

    “No African team has ever won the World Cup, and I am positive our success on the football field has been severely held back by malaria. More important, though, is the impact malaria has had on our friends and families. I would ask that we do all we can to stop deaths from this disease.”

    LeodegarTenga is president of the Tanzania Football Federation, chair of the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) and a member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Executive Committee. In 2011, he was named an official ambassador to the United Against Malaria campaign, the first to receive such distinction.

     
     
     
     
  • NICOLAS MUSONYE

    “I want to emphasize that we at CECAFA believe we can use the power of football to do something for our people … you need to be healthy to play football, and you must fight malaria.”

    Nicolas Musonye is the secretary general of the Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA). Musonye is a strong advocate for United Against Malaria, lending his voice in official CECAFA press conferences and media interviews and enabling the campaign to utilize CECAFA tournaments as a platform to spread awareness about malaria.

     
     
     
     
  • KOLO TOURÉ

    “Don’t let malaria destroy your family dreams – sleep under a mosquito net every night. Be a hero in the fight against malaria. United we can beat malaria.”

    KoloTouré is an Ivorian footballer who plays as a defender for Manchester City. His younger brother, Yaya, is his teammate and a fellow United Against Malaria champion.

    A malaria survivor himself, Touré has lent his voice to the United Against Malaria campaign in various ways including media interviews and participation in two public service announcement (PSA) series in the lead-up to the 2010 World Cup.

     
     
     
     
  • YAYA TOURÉ

    YayaTouré is an Ivorian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Manchester City. His older brother, Kolo, is his teammate and a fellow United Against Malaria champion.

    In the lead-up to 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Touré lent his voice to United Against Malaria by participating in Sumitomo Chemical’s “Palufoot” public service announcement (PSA) series, featuring over 20 African football champions from across the malaria-endemic continent.

     
     
     
     
  • ASAMOAH GYAN

    AsamoahGyan is a Ghanaian footballer who plays as a striker for Emirati club Al Ain in the UAE Pro-League on loan from English club Sunderland of the Premier League. Gyan shot to prominence after scoring three goals at the 2010 World Cup.

    In 2011, Asamoah lent his voice to deliver malaria prevention and treatment messages as part of a new United Against Malaria public service announcement (PSA) series airing throughout Africa in 2012. The PSAs focus on the importance of malaria prevention and treatment for children in Africa, “because all children deserve a chance at greatness, just like their heroes on the football pitch.”

     
     
     
     
  • ISSA HAYATOU

    IssaHayatou is the president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the governing body of African football and one of United Against Malaria’s key partners.

    During the 2012 Orange Africa Cup of Nations, CAF committed its support to the fight against malaria by officially endorsing the United Against Malaria campaign. Hayatou expressed his support for football’s role in educating fans about malaria prevention and treatment and, as part of global efforts to end malaria deaths, called on all CAF members to join United Against Malaria and raise awareness about the devastating disease.

    IssaHayatou is a former Cameroonian athlete and sports executive and a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

     
     
     
     
  • HICHAM EL AMRANI

    “To date, we’ve seen a strong commitment from national federations and their players in the fight against malaria. We know the effect malaria has on our players and communities, and we want to build on the successful relationship between the United Against Malaria campaign and African football. We will rally our members to take action and promote United Against Malaria’s ‘Malaria Safe’ activities through the world’s most popular sport.”

    Hicham El Amrani is the general secretary of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the governing body of African football and one of United Against Malaria’s key partners. El Amrani previously worked for the Asian Football Confederation and was involved with marketing of their competitions.