Bonang Matheba, David Beckham and Nigerian singer Yemi Alade aligned forces with malaria campaign.
On Wednesday, Bonang and fellow ambassadors joined forces with youth and scientists from around the world in a campaign to turn up the pressure on world leaders as malaria deaths reach the highest number in nearly a decade.
According to News24, The Draw the Line Against Malaria campaign works together with international changemakers, including international footballing star Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Kenyan Olympic Gold-medalist and marathon world record-holder Eliud Kipchoge; and Kenyan 2016 Rio Olympic and 2020 Tokyo Olympic running champion Faith Kipyegon.
The campaign aims to get world leaders to commit to ending malaria at the Kigali Summit on Malaria and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in June and invest in funds totalling $18 bn at the Global Fund’s Seventh Replenishment in New York.
Matheba said in a statement that this is a campaign that aligned with her passion to enable future leaders who this deadly disease has held back.
“Supporting this campaign is about creating an African future free of malaria. I’m passionate about raising up and enabling the leaders of tomorrow, especially young people across Africa whose futures have been held back by malaria.”
“We know this is a winnable fight – my home country South Africa is edging ever closer to eliminating this preventable disease. Let’s take our voices to the Kigali summit on malaria and NTDs in June and the Global Fund replenishment in September and show leaders we must draw the line against malaria,” said Matheba.
These stars will be a part of a short film which will be showcased at the Paramount/MTV Africa Day Concert at Constitutional Hill, Johannesburg, on 28 May 2022.
The short film is directed by Grammy-winning Meji Alabi and visual artist Láolú Senbanjo as Art Director.