By Masuzyo Chakwe in Cape Town, South Africa
Saturday April 19, 2008 [04:00]
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Yvonne Chaka Chaka has appealed to African governments to support the campaign to roll out malaria off the continent. During the Countdown to 2015 - maternal, Newborn and Child Survival conference on Thursday, Chaka Chaka said she believed there was so much that could be done to ensure that no child died from health complications.
She said she would not stop to be a voice for the voiceless until Africa was a continent free of malaria. Chaka Chaka said many lives could be saved through the distribution of Insecticide Treated Nets (ITNs).
“Let us do it for the sake of the children and women. This campaign begins with you. You can rely on me because this war, we can win,” she said.
Chaka Chaka said child survival was not for the government alone but all partnerships.
“We can do something by supporting mothers. We can encourage mothers to breastfeed their children in the first year because poor infant feeding compromises the health of the child. Good health begins with mothers,” she said.
Chaka Chaka also bemoaned the fact that women in rural areas had to travel long distances to a health centre, saying this should not be the case.