Elina Mwasinga

Elina Mwasinga - 2019 Nominee
Position: Malawi Country Coordinator for IYAFP
Organization: International Youth Alliance for Family Planning (IYAFP)
Bachelor of Science in Agricuture Education from Bunda College of Agriculture
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
-Certificate in business management (Abe), Blantyre Business College (2010).
-Certificate of completion in Civic leadership by Rutgers state university, New Jersey, USA.
-Certificate of completion in Monitoring and Evaluation (Capacity building) -(May 2017, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation)
-Certificate of completion in Data Management-(August 2017, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation)

Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Mandela Washington Fellowship
    Awarding Organization:
    The U.S. Department of state
    Date Awarded:
    August 3, 2018
  • Award:
    Certificate of Excellence
    Awarding Organization:
    Lilongwe, Lighthouse Trust Center
    Date Awarded:
    November 21, 2015
  • Award:
    Young Achievers recognition
    Awarding Organization:
    Lilongwe, Lithhouse Trust Cenetr
    Date Awarded:
    August 21, 2017
75 Public Votes Reached!
Elina is Malawi CC for IYAFP, advocating and creating demand for youth SRHR services specifically family planning and ensuring Universal Health Coverage. She technically supports vulnerable groups to increasingly voice out their health rights – Maria Agostina Biritos, Argentina CC for IYAFP at IYAFP
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I am a Malawi country coordinator for International Youth Alliance for Family Planning (IYAFP), I am leading 148 youth towards empowering others with family planning information and enhancing access to services. I have led pieces of training in policies, sensitizations in comprehensive family planning. I have been working with adolescents and youth living with HIV for 4 years on HIV/AIDS and family planning. I am also providing technical support to youth living with HIV on family planning under a project “Get Up, Speak Out” funded by AIDS FONDS, where I support the coordination and implementation of family planning activities of peer educators and family planning distributing agents. I have facilitated a series of training ranging from sexuality, family planning, and advocacy.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My passion stems from the experience I had sharing a hostel room with a pregnant teen who later got pregnant again before her child turned two years old. I realized there are many girls going through the same ordeal due to lack of family planning information resulting in health challenges and high rates of school dropouts. Therefore, I took the responsibility to empower girls and women to make informed decision abot their bodies.

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

I have advocated to reduce and end cultural gaps affecting family planning by conducting dialogues with traditional leaders and parents. I have ensured the inclusion of all youth by targeting refugees whereby I built the capacity of 50 peer educators on sexuality and family planning. Earlier this year a led a team composed of HIV/AIDS activist to gather data on family planning gaps and coordinated a co-creation session with youth living with HIV to develop an SRHR tool.

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 would like to empower youth with information and knowledge on family planning and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights policies to easily advocate for their rights. I will create awareness for the enhanced inclusion of youth with disabilities in planning and implementation of family planning and sexual reproductive health, this will build on my existing project working towards the empowerment of youth with disabilities with SRHR information and knowledge to become agents of change.

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
Awareness campaign on parent child relationship on SRHR Identifying areas of policy advocacy

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