Actress Jacky Vike Named Ambassador Of Neglected Tropical Diseases

Actress Jacky Vike popularly known as Awinja has been appointed the brand ambassador for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) by the ministry of health.

According to WHO, Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a diverse group of 20 conditions that are mainly prevalent in tropical areas, where they affect more than 1 billion people who live in impoverished communities. 

They are caused by a variety of pathogens including viruses, bacteria, parasites, fungi and toxins.

Speaking after the announcement, Vike, one of the biggest comedians in Kenya, said that it was an honor landing the role. She was named the ambassador on January 30 which is also the world day for NTDs.

“Ladies and Gentlemen I give you the new Brand Ambassador for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) It was such an honour to get this role the same day we are Celebrating world day for NTDs. Thank you @moh_kenya for the opportunity to serve the community,” Awinja said.

She went:

“We all know that comedy and art bring people together and that is what I will be basically doing, I will be pushing the agenda through my craft.”

Examples of NTDs include Buruli Ulcer, Chagas Disease, Cysticercosis, Dengue Fever and Dracunculiasis (Guinea Worm Disease).

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