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Two African Giants Join The Fair Play For Africa Team

Date: Jan 30 2010
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Football and social justice have joined forces to support the Fair Play for Africa campaign and ensure universal access to quality health services for all of Africa’s citizens. Fair Play for Africa is very proud to have the support of Kalusha Bwalya and Archbishop Ndungane as ambassadors for our campaign for Health for All!

Kalusha Bwalya, former Zambian and PSV Eindhoven forward and now President of the Zambian Football Association, has put his full support behind the campaign, calling Fair Play for Africa ‘a noble cause’. In a letter to the Fair Play team, Kalusha wrote:
“In my life I have scored many goals. I could never have done this alone: working as a team, we can achieve more. African leaders and international leaders, let’s work together and ensure that the most important goal scored during this World Cup is delivering the Millennium Development Goals and universal health care. Let’s live up to the dreams of this beautiful continent. Fair Play for Africa – Health for All is our Goal!”

Through his own initiative, the Kalusha Foundation in his native Zambia, Kalusha has been a long-time supporter of health promotion, with the Foundation’ programmes using football as a tool to increase youth awareness of HIV and AIDS.

Archbishop Ndungane is one of the continent’s leading activists on social justice, having provided visionary leadership for the Jubilee Debt campaign. Since then, he has established the non-governmental organisation African Monitor, and continues to work as its President, ensuring that international commitments to Africa are being fulfilled and that Africa is meeting its development potential, enabling its people to live dignified lives in just societies where basic needs are met and human rights are upheld.

Speaking about the campaign, the Archbishop said: “2010 must be a year when our leaders demonstrate Africa's humanity by meeting their commitments to provide healthcare for all their people.  To do this we need political will, more funds allocated and greater transparency by governments so that citizens can see how their money is being spent. We will also need the support of donor governments but this must be by backing an African-led plan for accelerating our progress to meet the MDGs.”

Fair Play for Africa is delighted to have two such influential individuals backing the campaign and we hope that with their support we can ensure Health for All!

Visit FAIR PLAY FOR AFRICA to read more.