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What is a United Against Malaria champion? A hero in the fight to control malaria infection and reduce malaria deaths.
United Against Malaria champions use their influence, creativity, and resources to help prevent and treat malaria in endemic countries. They may buy life-saving insecticide-treated nets for employees and communities, help educate vulnerable populations, or raise the visibility of malaria to other influential decision-makers and call them to action. 


 Their methods may be conventional or innovative, but all of them work tirelessly to achieve the vision of a malaria-free future.

  • UAM Champion: Nando's CEO and Founder Robert Brozin

    Robert Brozin, CEO and Founder of Nando’s Chickenland, 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 two years at Price Waterhouse, 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 in 30 countries around the globe with almost 900 restaurants.

    “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," Brozin says. "The time to act is now, and it’s incumbent on Africans to be part of eradicating malaria from our magnificent continent.”

    Since joining the United Against Malaria campaign in 2009, Nando's has led a UAM bracelet campaign that has raised hundred of thousands of dollars for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. It has also partnered with explorer Kingsley Holgate to deliver life-saving mosquito nets to vulnerable communities throughout sub-Saharan Africa. And it has educated employees and customers throughout the world. On World Malaria Day 2012, the company will deliver insecticide-treated bednets to farmers in Mozambique, where its peri peri chili peppers are grown.  

  • UAM Champion: Librairie de France CEO Rene Yedieti

    Mr. Rene Yedieti, the CEO of the Librairie de France Groupe in Cote d’Ivoire, has been instrumental in recruiting public and private sector partners to the UAM campaign and to malaria control. For his efforts, he was awarded in November 2011 with the United Against Malaria Golden Boot.

    Not only have they implemented educational activities for employees and customers through their "UAM days," they have included malaria educational materials and LLINS for displaced students. Together with their Foundation La Rentrée du Coeur, the LDF Groupe has provided school kits to more than 60,000 displaced children during the last two years, which include malaria education and impregnated mosquito nets.

    “The UAM campaign comes at a time in Cote d’Ivoire when the private sector needs to take responsibility for making the country strong again. I am happy to be a partner and to contribute to the malaria control targets in my country.”

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  • UAM Champion: Tanzania Football Federation President Leodegar Tenga

    Leodegar Tenga is a respected football official and UAM ambassador in Tanzania. Bringing leadership and insight to the campaign, he serves concurrently as an executive committee member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), as chair of the Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA), as president of the Tanzanian Football Federation (TFF), and as a member of FIFA's Technical Study Group. He is also a former manager and player with the Tanzania national football team.

    "Our task is so simple. We can use football and our organizations as vehicles, as a platform for disseminating messages on how to fight malaria. It is a way for football to do its part. It's a social responsibility."

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