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UAM Champion: Ghana Football Association President Kwesi Nyantakyi

Ghana Football Association (GFA) president and Confederation of African Football (CAF) executive committee member Kwesi Nyantakyi has championed the United Against Malaria (UAM) campaign since its inception in 2009, bringing visibility to a deadly disease that is responsible for 22 percent of deaths in children under the age of five in Ghana. During the qualifying games of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the Ghana Black Stars, played Mali in a match dedicated to the fight against malaria, with oversized mosquito nets hanging in the stadium and UAM messaging on the field. They also recorded public service announcements, which have been aired across national television networks in Ghana around the World Cup. 

A banker, lawyer, and football administrator, Nyantakyi has spoken out on behalf of UAM at football events throughout the African continent. In March 2011, he became the first recipient of the UAM "Golden Boot" award for his leadership in the fight against malaria. “Malaria still kills many children in Africa, and it’s important that we educate fans on how to protect themselves and their families,” he says. “Until we have no children dying from malaria in Africa, we need to spread the word about ways to prevent and treat this disease.”

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