Blessings Banda

Blessings Banda - 2019 Nominee
Position: Chief Executive Officer
Organization: WeCare Youth Organization
Current Location: Lilongwe
Master of Public Health (MPH) from Public Health - Health Promotion
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
- Bachelors Degree in Health Systems Management
- Post Graduate Certificate in Global Health Delivery from Harvard University
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Youth Engagement in HIV
    Awarding Organization:
    Paediatric Adolescent Treatment Africa
    Date Awarded:
    October 23, 2017
75 Public Votes Reached!
He leads in designing programs that aim to enable young people living with HIV be advocates for family planning in the rural areas. This is by intensifying HIV/SRH community based support groups that discuss family planning as an integration to HIV. – Elizabeth Chatuwa, National Youth Commissioner at Malawi Girl Guides Association
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have initiated a team of young volunteers in Malawi to work towards Family planning awareness in young people especially thoe living with HIV. So far we are in 4 Hospitals and their nearby communities.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

One way of supporting young women that are living with HIV is making sure that they understand family planning in terms of HIV living positively. This is helping them to make informed decisions based on their health

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

- I provide mentorship to the team that advocates for family planning services and availability to young people living with HIV
- Involvement of young men in family planning as it has been perceived as a womens thing over time

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 design an integrating of using Grandmothers and Grandfathers in the village to advocate for Family Planning in Young people as these are respected a lot in the communities in Malawi.

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
Blessings during one clinic visit in rural Malawi, Neno District Hospital discussing SRH integration in HIV programming Blessings (In red), during a community engagement session on Family planning and SRH in community health mapping

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