Mpule Kgetsi

Mpule Kgetsi - 2016 Nominee
Position: Student Peer Educator
Organization: University of Botswana Society Against HIV/AIDS
Mpule is a Peer Educator and a youth activist that advocates for Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights. She was recently awarded best HIV/AIDS Activist by the University of Botswana Red Ribbon Awards. – Gobusaone Kgosisejo, Student at University of Botswana
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I am a peer Educator and a member of the Society Against HIV and AIDS(SAHA), a student advocacy group within the University of Botswana whose mandate is to foster HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention as well as educating the university community on Sexual reproductive Health and Rights. Through SAHA I have facilitated on various seminars and discussions within the university and in various parts of the country as part of our community outreach program, educating different communities on SRHR. I am also a facilitator for Young 1ove, an organisation that deals with proving youth with live saving,evidence based information in relation to HIV/AIDS. I am an activist and an advocate of SRHR and family planning as I believe that these two are basic Human Rights that every individual is entitled to

What sparked your passion for family planning?

the number of births resulting from unintended births as well the realities of illegal abortions occurring in the country is very alarming, not to mention the lack of Information or rather interest by young people in their own sexual Reproductive Health rights. Something had to be done and I took it upon myself to be actively involved in disseminating such information.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your family planning efforts, and what have you done to overcome it?

The biggest challenge I ever experienced was during my visit to Mozambique where I was a volunteer with The Kutenga organization. it was there that I experienced a situation like none before where women did not know how to use a female condom and where not even interested in using it. This lack of information and awareness is very common among young people. I have found Comprehensive Sex education to be quite a useful tool in combating this challenge

What is your (country/region/city)’s biggest challenge in family planning, and how can it be addressed?

The main Challenge in Botswana remains HIV/AIDS, lack of information or rather ignorance in most instances regarding family Planning. A number of programs have been launched to address these issues by the government but the approach remains ineffective.

What do you want to accomplish in the next 5 years?

I wish to carry on my work as an advocate and an SRHR advocate. I want to continue my work educating the people of Botswana and the world on family planning and SRHR.

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