Brian Chumbi Junior

Brian Chumbi Junior - 2019 Nominee
Position: Executive Deputy Director (Co-Founder)
Organization: Forum for AIDS Counselling and Training (FACT)
Current Location: Malawi, Africa
Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Sciences (Hons) from University of Malawi-College of Medicine
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Certified HIV Testing and Services (HTS) provider
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Youth Champion
    Awarding Organization:
    Amref Health International
    Date Awarded:
    March 5, 2019
75 Public Votes Reached!
Brian is a SHRR advocate from Malawi. He has over 4 years experience training and mentoring young peopel on general SHRR issues with bias towards family planning and STIs. He is also managing a project on ending child marriages in Thyolo, Malawi. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Through FACT which I am a co-founder, we won a $9000 sub grant in August 2018 under Rise Up, a program under the public health institute with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates to implement a one year reducing girl child marriages a sexual and reproductive health advocacy project in Thyolo district southern Malawi where the rate of child marriages is at 38%. Being the project manager and lead trainer I have reached out to almost 3,000 young people in Tradition Authority Mchilamwera, Thyolo district and trained over 70 girls to become sexual and reproductive health advocates in 10 group village heads. We so far have increased the demand for young people seeking family planning services freely without feeling stigmatized. This will reduce pregnancies that were leading to early marriages

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Being both a medical professional and a leader in my community, I understand and have witnessed the health impacts that come with child marriages and early pregnancies. The problems range from fistula, mental and body trauma and even escalating young maternal deaths. About 3 years ago while working on call, I witnessed the passing on of a 15-year-old girl who was my neighbor due to delivery complications. This highly motivated me to co-found FACT and be training young people on family planning.

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

I have trained over 200 young people to be FP advocates through International Youth Alliance for Family Planning (IYAFP) where I am the coordinator for southern region Malawi and I have also reached out to over 4000 young people via both online and physical platforms providing training and mentor-ship sessions on family planning advocacy campaigns through several organizations I volunteer with and others I am just called to provide training including FACT, IYAFP, Ukani Girls Project among others

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 this grant specifically to advocate for inclusive SRH rights for people with disabilities in Malawi. Being a marginalized group, little emphasis is given as far as family planning issues are concerned hence they are prone to unplanned pregnancies, abuse etc. This is due to lack/inadequate of disability-friendly information, facilities, health service providers and even services. This grant would help train service providers, make disability-friendly information available among others.

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
Field Work Highlights for Brian Chumbi Junior, Bangwe CDSS, Blantyre Malawi Field Work Highlights for Brian Chumbi Junior, Mgona Area 25, Lilongwe Malawi Field Work Highlights for Brian Chumbi Junior, Thyolo district, Malawi

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