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Misael Buliani

Misael Buliani - 2019 Nominee
Position: Youth and Women Activist/Consulting Director/Investigation Professional (CFIP)
Organization: Youth Business Movement
Current Location: Malawi, Africa
Certified Forensics Investigation Professional ( Master Class) from International Institute of Certified Forensic Investigation Professionals
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Advance Diploma in Information Technology
Diploma in Information technology
Entrepreneurship & Leadership
Certified in Digital Skills
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Youth and Women Advocate in Africa
    Awarding Organization:
    Kectil Institute
    Date Awarded:
    November 18, 2018
  • Award:
    Social Innovator
    Awarding Organization:
    Beta Me Better Africa
    Date Awarded:
    November 10, 2017
  • Award:
    Recognized Innovative Entrepreneur in Africa
    Awarding Organization:
    Business Amplified Consultancy
    Date Awarded:
    December 18, 2016
He is Ensuring Access to Family Planning campaigns are reaching in Malawi. He is advocating the importance of family planning and giving strong messages to traditional authorities towards protecting girls from school dropouts. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I am leading a project targeting youth and women mainly in the typical rural areas on the issues of sexuality and adolescent, gender, family planning and business development. It`s promoting and empowering youth and women to be decision makers and also contribute solutions towards problems affecting their communities. The initiative is focusing on advocating against cultural beliefs and taboos which are violating young girl’s human rights towards education and being forced into marriage. The Project has so far reached 8 districts and 20 communities. In 2018 was recognized and awarded as one of the youth and women advocate in African by Kectil Institute. Youth and women are now champions and ambassadors of youth friendly sexual and reproductive health services from the Health service.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Malawi is one of the poorest country which has insufficient healthy facilities and services. During my work I came across a large number of maternal deaths among young girls mainly in typical rural areas. It’s sad in Malawi a lot of young girl’s dropout of school and they end up going into early marriage at their young age. Some it’s also because of culture beliefs and taboos. I took a step and decided to advocate for sexual and reproductive rights to reduce maternal deaths among young girls.

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

I being one of the recognized youth and women advocate, I was able to mobilize, mentor and coach my fellow youth in family planning areas who were able to conduct different awareness and civic education in different communities and also schools. I was also able to conduct council meeting with the village councils and authorities in different communities with collaboration with healthy service workers towards promoting the knowledge of family planning and its implementation.

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? :

The grant will help me towards the innovative initiative which is designed to engage more youth towards advocating for family planning and participating in family planning discussion on a community level. We shall also increase equity in access to contraception to reduce unmet need for family planning and bringing Services to the doorstep. Ensuring quality of care in Family Planning services by establishing Quality Assurance Committees in all districts and increasing male participation.

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
Family Planning and women and youth engagement towards economic growth in Malawi Training at Ndirande community sponserd by Chiponde Business Group, Young African Leaders Initiative, Beta Me Better Africa A training at Nkhatabay Anglican Church and Msomba community were participants were trained in Entrepreneurship, Family planning, Human rights and Innovation which was supported by Innovation Hub Malawi (Unicef), Chiponde Business Group, Angel Investments and Beta Me Better Africa. We believe traditional leaders and religious leaders should take part in promoting and empwering family planning and sexual reproductive health and adolescents among youths. A training at Zalewa CCAP Church and community were participants were trained in Entrepreneurship, Family planning, Human rights and Innovation which was supported by Innovation Hub Malawi (Unicef), Chiponde Business Group, Angel Investments and Beta Me Better Africa. We believe traditional leaders and religious leaders should take part in promoting and empwering family planning and sexual reproductive health and adolescents among youths.

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