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Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Cole – who contracted malaria after a trip to Tanzania last month – is set to become an ambassador to raise awareness of the disease in Africa.

Cheryl will become an ambassador for Comic Relief's work highlighting malaria. The announcement follows her successful attempt to scale Mt Kilimanjaro with the charity last year.

“It is a very brave decision,” a source told Britian’s Sunday Mirror. "Cheryl has thought long and hard about it. This is a life-changing, landmark experience for her. She’s seen how malaria destroys people’s lives and now has firsthand knowledge of just how serious it is. Cheryl got the best care possible when she got back from Tanzania and she is very grateful for it. But she is aware that millions of Africans are not so lucky.

“After what she has been through, you might have thought Africa was the last place she’d be wanting to go to. But the reverse is true. She wants to get out there as soon as The X Factor has been wrapped up.”

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