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01 November 2011

Yvonne Chaka Chaka performs ‘Proud to Be’ at INTERPOL General Assembly in Vietnam

HANOI, Vietnam – Leading African musician Yvonne Chaka Chaka gave a special performance of ‘Proud to Be’, a song released in support of INTERPOL’s global efforts against counterfeit medicines, for delegates attending the world police body’s General Assembly in Vietnam.

The song, which was officially launched in Nairobi on 27 October and also features Senegal's Youssou N’Dour, is part of INTERPOL’s ongoing campaign to raise public awareness, and particularly in Africa, of the health risks posed by fake medicines throughout the world.

South Africa's Yvonne Chaka Chaka, known as the Princess of Africa, told the gathering of some 630 senior police and law enforcement officials from 142 countries that “we are on the right track, and with your help, those criminals responsible for fake medicines putting lives at risk will be brought to justice.”

The continent of Africa is especially affected by fake medicines, where every day thousands of innocent people unknowingly put their lives at risk by taking medication that is fake or has been traded illegally.

INTERPOL is seeing an alarming number of international cases involving the manufacture, trade and distribution of counterfeit and illicit medicines. It is working with all of its member countries – which this week grew to 190 – partner organizations and across the public-private sectors to disrupt the criminal networks which are making huge profits with no regard for people’s health.

‘Proud to Be’ was made possible through the voluntary support of Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Youssou N'dour who are both known for their commitment to humanitarian and development causes.

As INTERPOL’s ‘Proud to Be’ campaign against fake medicines continues, updates will be posted on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

Key partner organizations involved in the ‘Proud to Be’ initiative are the Fondation Chirac, the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the International Institute Against Counterfeit Medicines, the Princess of Africa Foundation, Synergies Africaines, and the World Health Professions Alliance.