Blessings Banda

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Blessings Banda - 2017 Nominee
Position: Chief Executive Officer
Organization: WeCare Youth Organization
Current Location: Lilongwe, Malawi
Masters Degree in Public Health
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelors Degree in Health System Management

Certificate of Global Health Delivery - Harvard University

Certificate in Improving Global Health (Focus on quality and safety) - Harvard University

Certificate in Designing HIV Prevention Programs for Key Populations - John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Certificate in Early Childhood Development - John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    HIV and AIDS Peer Educator
    Awarding Organization:
    Concern Universal
    Date Awarded:
    May 19, 2006
Blessings is championing the integration of HIV and SRH services in Malawi for young people living with HIV. He is leading a team of 29 young people that are working towards provision of SRH and HIV information in the rural areas of Malawi. – Cydrick Banda, Director of Administration at WeCare
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I am implementing an HIV Programme that integrates into family planning Programmes. This ensures that adolescent women have access to information about family planning an also making sure that contraceptives are still made available to these HIV-positive adolescents. They have mostly been told about condoms to reduce Transmission of HIV, but may not access to a contraceptive to prevent unwanted pregnancies. In so doing, i have supported awareness of family planning messages to more than 500 young people in my catchment area through the HIV Peer supporters

What sparked your passion for family planning?

There are so many teenage pregnancies in the areas that i work in. The same women are vulnerable to HIV infections. Working on family planning has given me a chance also link it with so many concepts for instance an increase in the number of young women that complete education studies, an increase in the number of young women that have SRH information in general and also an increase in the number of young people that are advocating for others to be family planning advocates.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

- I provide on job training to my team on SRH information and also linkages at Primary Health care level
- I have made great relationships with other organization that are offering Family planning services (For instance FPAM - Family Planning Association of Malawi) to conduct routine awareness on family planning and also providing the options to young adolescents living with HIV that require them

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

I will use the $1000 to scale our program up to a nearby community where teen pregnancies are rampant. This is a community where 11 year olds are getting pregnant. I will therefore intensify in awareness campaigns to all young people and also those living with HIV. The $1000 will help to bring the Family planning services to the people since it will include conducting Family planning outreach clinincs. I am planning to reach out to 3000 young people with family planning service and information

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