Unicef has engaged Malawi National Football Team striker Gabadinho Mhango to help in sharing information about vaccines and how to access them across the globe.
Mhango joins a pool of influential celebrities Unicef has mobilised for the World Immunisation Week, which is being observed from April 24 30 worldwide.
This year’s event is being observed under the theme ‘Long Life for All’.
It is intended to convey the historical significance the development of vaccines has had on the world and their importance to a long and healthy life.
Mhango underscored the significance of vaccines against life threatening diseases.
’’Together we can dispel the myths, appreciate the legitimacy of vaccine development and ensure everyone has access to vaccines,’’ a Unicef statement quotes Mhango as saying.
Unicef Malawi has also engaged the Flames striker in domesticated polio vaccination campaign awareness messages.
According to Unicef, for the past two decades, more than 1.1 billion people have been immunised, saving four to five million lives each year and helping to reduce child deaths by half.
Mhango is a popular figure in Malawi and across the continent after his impressive performance with The Flames during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon.
The Orlando Pirates star made headlines at the continental showpiece after scoring three goals for Malawi including a famous strike in a 2-1 loss to Morocco in the round-of-16.
Mhango also scored both goals in the Flames’ 2-1 victory over Zimbabwe in the group stages.
In total, Mhango has netted 15 goals for Malawi in his football career.
The former Nyasa Big Bullets striker, who has a running contract with Pirates until June next year, has struggled for game-time at his South Africa DStv Premiership club in the current campaign.