Profile of Youth Activists

Below are some of the profiles of some of the youth activists who will be contributing to the blog regularly and are founding members of the Africa Youth Deliver Movement :

Name: Nebila Abdulmelik
Age: 26
Country: Ethiopia
Organization: African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET) – Kenya
Email: prog-associate@femnet.or.ke; aliben86@yahoo.com

Nebila Abdulmelik is an Associate Advocacy Officer for the African Women’s Development and Communication Network, a pan-African organization based in Nairobi, Kenya that aims to strengthen the role and contribution of African NGOs focusing on women’s development, equality and other human rights. The Advocacy Program includes projects designed to evolve approaches and methodologies for dealing with barriers to the implementation of the Dakar and Beijing Platforms for Action (PFAs); mainstream gender equality into regional processes and institutions, most notably engaging with the African Union and its specialized mechanisms; and promote the economic, social and cultural rights of African women.

You can connect with her on her blog or on twitter.

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Name: Kwa Gaston
Country: Cameroon
Email: gastonkwa@gmail.com

Kwa Gaston is an MDGs Advocate from Cameroon. A committed activist, Gaston has organized and participated in awareness-raising, fundraising, and clean up campaigns, as well as presented a youth and international affairs radio talk show on a local radio station. Through blogging and other communications media, Gaston denounces the atrocities of gender-based violence and the stigmatizing of people living with HIV/AIDS, as well as promoting the values of education, environmental sustainability and the necessity of including youths and women in community development efforts.
Gaston’s belief in the power of togetherness, in the transforming potentials of education, and in the ability of young people to create positive and sustainable social change in their communities, coupled with his passion for the empowerment of young people, through education and training, have been the driving force for his efforts for more youth-focused and inclusive policy formulation and implementation processes. Gaston has served as co-director of Youth For Change International; editor-in-chief of The Secret, a youth, culture, and development focused magazine; Cameroon-country representative for the Youth Consortium for Progress; and co-founder of Association Job Espoir and Education 4 Development. Alongside serving as one of Women Deliver 100 Young Leaders, Gaston is an International Youth Blogger with Advocates for Youth and Action Partner of the Oxfam International Youth Partnerships (OIYP).He holds a Bsc(Hons) in Accounting from the University of Buea (Cameroon).

You can connect with Gaston on twitter and on his blog.

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Name: Bibian Nnenna Amah
Age: 29
Country: Nigeria
Organization: Ipas
Email: Amahb@ipas.org

BibianNnenna Amah is a Youth Program Coordinator and Office Assistant with Ipas, a global non-governmental organization dedicated to ending preventable deaths and disabilities from unsafe abortion. On behalf of Ipas, Bibian leads advocacy activities with the Nigerian Universities’ Youth Post Abortion Care Network (Youth PACNet) and the Nigerian Medical Students Association (NIMSA), training and sensitizing them on abortion-related issues.

You can connect with her on twitter

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Name: Nsinda Elman
Age: 28
Country: Uganda
Organization: White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA) and the Central Broadcasting Service (CBS FM)
Email: nsindae@gmail.com

Nsinda Elman is a Volunteer with the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, a global movement working to ensure all women and newborns, worldwide, have access to life-saving healthcare. As a Volunteer, he mobilizes youth to advocate for the reduction of maternal mortality, and to hold leaders accountable. He helps coordinate and train media practitioners on maternal health, and disseminate related concerns. As a journalist at CBS FM, he reports on issues related to maternal,New born and Child Health and make sure that the Ugandan Citizenry is educated on possible measures to addressing maternal and Infant mortality and morbidity through social networking tools, radio news, talk shows.

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Name: Kitamirike Emmanuel
Country: Uganda
Age: 32
Organization: Uganda Youth Network (UYONET)
Email: kitamirikeemmanuel@gmail.com

Kitamirike Emmanuel is a youth activist and the Executive Director of the Uganda Youth Network, a non-religious, non-partisan NGO, which provides consultation on proposed legislation and government policies, and advocates for pro-youth policies. In his capacity, Kitamirike works to ensure that youth are well-represented in the country’s development agenda.

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Name: Kula V. Fofana
Age: 23
Country: Liberia
Organization: Paramount Young Women Initiative
Email:
kvf2007@yahoo.com

Kula V. Fofana is the Executive Director of the Paramount Young Women Initiative, an organization that promotes programs aimed at improving the welfare of young girls. As an advocate for young people, Kula aims to identify new solutions and strategies regarding reproductive health and rights, to represent the 64% of her country’s population who are considered youth, and to address the challenges those youth face in a post-war context.

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Name: Cassien Havugimana
Age: 28
Country: Rwanda
Organization: Health Development Initiative-Rwanda (HDI)
Email: cassien@hdirwanda.org

Cassien Havugimana is a Programs Manager for the Health Development Initiative-Rwanda, a nonprofit that organizes and promotes community-based health care development in Rwanda. Cassien is also a pharmacist and human rights advocate, who has worked with National and International Youth organizations and community members to advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness, family planning and  sexual reproductive micro-projects.

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 Name: Nabimanya Humphrey
Age: 23
Country: Uganda
Organization: Reach A Hand Uganda (RAHU)
Email: Humphrey@reachahanduganda.org

Nabimanya Humphrey is the Team Leader at Reach a Hand Uganda, an organization that provides quality information and life-skills building to young people in Uganda through rights based programming. As a team leader, Nabimanya supports the organization’s youth-to-youth approach, in order to empower and inspire vulnerable youth in defining and achieving future goals. Nabimanya also hosts a local TV talk show, Youth Voice, provides a platform for both young people and adults to openly discuss Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights related issues.

You can connect with him on twitter

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Name: Regina Kacwamu
Age: 31
Country: Uganda
Organization: Uganda Youth Development Link (UYDEL)
Email: rkacwamu@yahoo.com

Regina Kacwamu works as a Program Officer on the reproductive health program Health Matters, for vulnerable adolescents and youth (12-24 years). This program is an initiative of the Uganda Youth Development Link, a non-governmental organization that aims to empower disadvantaged young people with skills that will enable them to reach their full potential and become useful citizens of Uganda. Regina’s work involves designing interventions, planning, and monitoring effective delivery of sexual and reproductive health information and services for girls involved in commercial sex work. She provides life and vocational skills, training for social and economic empowerment, and information on sexual and reproductive health.

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Name: Chanda Buumba Katongo
Age: 23
Country: Zambia
Organization: Youth Vision Zambia
Email: ckatongo88@gmail.com

Chanda Buumba Katongo is a Gender Programs and Advocacy Officer at Youth Vision Zambia, a non-governmental organization dedicated to providing youth-focused sexual and reproductive health information and services. Chanda also represents Youth Vision Zambia on the Campaign on Accelerating the Rights and Sexual Reproductive Health Services for Women and Girls in Zambia, which is being spearheaded by Women & Law in Southern Africa (WLSA).

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Name: Mitchelle Kinya Kimathi
Age: 25
Country: Kenya
Organization: Reproductive Health and Rights Alliance (RHRA), Planned Parenthood Federation of America-Africa Regional Office (PPFA)
Email: mitchelle.kimathi@ppfa.or.ke

Mitchelle Kinya Kimathi is a program assistant at RHRA, a group of advocates from the medical, legal, women’s rights, and human rights communities that was formed in order to improve maternal health conditions in Kenya by securing reproductive health laws and policies that promote women’s health. Currently, their activities are centered on increasing awareness about the consequences of unsafe abortion and drafting reproductive health provisions for the revised national constitution.

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Name: Wanzala E. Martin
Age:
26
Country: Uganda
Organization: Allied Youth Initiative – Uganda (AYI)
Email: weamartin@gmail.com

Wanzala E. Martin is a Program Leader at Allied Youth Initiative – Uganda, a not-for-profit community development organization that promotes youth innovation to drive positive change. A social worker with a focus on youth development, Wanzala supports AYI’s efforts by empowering young people to shape their world and address important economic, environmental and social issues, through media, arts and entrepreneurial opportunities.

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Name: Kidus Mehalu
Age: 28
Country:
Ethiopia
Organization: Activating the Primary Agents of Change in Ethiopia (APACE)
Email: gash_kidus@yahoo.com

Kidus Mehalu coordinates community development projects and youth empowerment programs and serves as a researcher, educator and entrepeneur at APACE, a Youth Innovations and Development Initiative that activates unemployed young people, and promotes the role of democracy and market oriented reforms in youth entrepeneurial development, to contribute to poverty reduction and rebuild societal cohesion. He also volunteers as a UN Millenium Development Goals Advocate and an Outreach Team Leader for the UNCSD Major Group of Children and Youth (MGCY) in Ethiopia.

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Name: Mu’azu Muhammad
Age: 25
Country: Nigeria
Organization: Targeted States High Impact Project, (TSHIP)/ Generation Development
Email: muazu4change@gmail.com, muamuhammed@tshipnigeria.org

Mu’azu Muhammad is a Program Support Assistant with Targeted States High Impact Project (TSHIP), a system strengthening project with focus on integrated interventions on maternal, newborn and child health; family planning and reproductive health in Sokoto. He is also the Deputy Regional Coordinator, Sub-Saharan Africa for(Generation Development), a forum for students and young professionals from all around the world sharing new and innovative ideas in the areas of health, human rights, economics, education and gender equity, to develop a post-2015 MDG’s framework. Mu’azu has a background in advocacy and community mobilization on sexual reproductive health and rights including HIV/AIDS, with a special interest on women, adolescents and youth.

You can connect with him on twitter.

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Name: Numfor Alenwi Munteh
Age: 27
Country:
Cameroon
Organization:
Cameroon Agenda for Sustainable Development
Email: nalenwi@yahoo.com

Numfor Alenwi Munteh is the Executive Director of the Cameroon Agenda for Sustainable Development, an organization that aims to strengthen the developmental efforts of the Cameroon people via research, advocacy, capacity building, networking, and family engagement programs that build and sustain healthy and vibrant communities at all levels; specifically through programming activities centered on women and youth leadership and participation.

You can connect with him on his blog.

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Name: Florence Brazio Mwitwa
Age: 26
Country: Tanzania
Organization: Tanzania Medical Students Association (TAMSA)
Email: mwitwa2007@yahoo.co.uk

Florence Brazio Mwitwa is the Supervising Council Member of TAMSA, a professional organization that assembles medical students at the national level under a common umbrella with the purpose of promoting excellent medical training, and medical students’ efforts in health education and promotion for betterment of the community. Her main roles include overseeing the work of the TAMSA Executive Board, and leading the Organizing Committee of the International Federation of Medical Students Association, Africa Regional Meeting in 2012. Florence also works closely with the Standing Committee on Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS at her University, to ensure students in primary and secondary schools have access to reproductive health education.

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Name: Agnes Nabukeera
Name: Nakia Joyce Napeyok
Age: 24
Country: Uganda
Organization: Straight Talk Foundation (STF)
Email: nakia.joyce@yahoo.com

Nakia Joyce Napeyok is a radio journalist for STF, a Ugandan Non-Governmental Organization specializing in communication for social change, with a focus on adolescents and sexual and reproductive health rights. Nakia holds focus-group discussions on topics like abstinence, sexually transmitted diseases, voluntary counseling and testing, and preventing mother-to-child transmission, and encourages the proper and consistent use of condoms, to prevent HIV/AIDS, STIs, and early pregnancy. STF’s mission is to improve the lives of adolescents through quality behavior change communication programs.

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Name: Yemurai Nyoni
Age: 22
Country:
Zimbabwe
Organization:
African Youth and Adolescents Network on Population and Development (AfriYAN); Zimbabwe Young People’s Network on SRH and HIV and AIDS
Email: yemurain@gmail.com

Yemurai Nyoni is an Executive Committee Member of the African Youth and Adolescents Network on Population and Development, a collective of youth networks from 34 countries working to foster youth development in Africa through the leadership and meaningful involvement of young people. He is the National Facilitator/President of the Zimbabwe Young People’s Network on SRH and HIV and AIDS, which is a countrywide network of over 1400 youth serving organizations providing leadership for a coordinated and multisectoral response to sexual reproductive health of young people in Zimbabwe. Yemurai also serves as the Youth Family Planning Ambassador for Zimbabwe under UNFPA, taking the lead in family planning advocacy for young people in his country.

You can connect with him on his blog and twitter.

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Name:
Nargis Shirazi
Age: 28
Country:
Uganda
Organization:
Global Health Corp (GHC), UNOPS/Millennium Villages Project (MVP)
Email: suripsyc@gmail.com; nargis@ghcorps.org

Nargis Shirazi is currently a fellow for Global Health Corp, a nonprofit that aims to mobilize a global community of emerging leaders to build the movement for health equity. Nargis’ work is centered on acting as a community based, quality improvement coordinator, which requires working closely with community health workers in order to monitor the growth of children five years and younger, maternal health, family planning, water and sanitation, malaria, nutrition, and behavior change initiatives. Nargis also presented the TV show ‘Better Living,’ which aired on the Ugandan TV station NTV, and is in the process of securing sponsors for another health based TV show to be aired this year.

You can connect with her on twitter.

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Name: Anne Alan Sizomu
Age: 
29
Country: 
Uganda
Organization:
Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung (DSW), Uganda Country Officer
Email: alananne82@hotmail.com; annes@dswuganda.org.ug

Anne Alan Sizomu is an Advocacy Officer for DSW, an NGO working to help people free themselves from poverty, by supporting family planning and sexual and reproductive health projects in Africa and Asia. Anne’s role is to manage the Uganda side of the Emergency Contraception project, “Healthy Action,” which aims at empowering East African Non State Actors to advocate effectively on health issues by increasing capacity to formulate policy priorities, monitor their implementations and hold leaders accountable. This requires working closely with members of parliament, relevant ministries, district officials, civil society organizations and communities in the area of Maternal Health and Youth.

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Name: Lizzie Waya
Age: 27
Country: Malawi
Organization: Family Planning Association of Malawi (FPAM), Malawi Youth Action Movement (MAYAM)
Email: lizziewaya@yahoo.com

Lizzie Waya is President of MAYAM, a youth wing of the Family Planning Association of Malawi, and sits on the FPAM board. As President, Lizzie works with youth to promote participation, enable young people to advocate and be recognized, and empower them to be equal partners in programmatic decision making and resource allocation, both at regional and MAs levels; the MAYAM vision. On the FPAM board, Lizzie ensures that the voices of the young people she works with are heard.

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Name: Pacifique Ndayishimiye
Oganization:Youth Rwanda
Country: Rwanda
E mail: pacimiye@gmail.com

Pacifique Ndayishimiye is a pharmacy student at the National University of Rwanda. He was the President of his high school’s anti-violence club, focusing activities on girls and women in the region where HIV was rampant due to gender based violence. He continued to work around this issue in University, and became the Treasurer and later the Coordinator of NAYC (National University of Rwanda Anti HIV/AIDS Youth Club) from 2010 – 2011.The club focuses on teaching HIV/AIDS prevention to students, as well as youth in the region. Pacifique has done advocacy work and distributed condom vending machines around campus. He is also an active member of RVCP (Rwanda Village Concept Project) since 2010, an organization that focuses on improving the lives of people through HIV/AIDS awareness programmes and other activities in the villages of the southern province of Rwanda. He has a Certificate in HIV/AIDS awareness, reproductive health, family planning, self-control, and peer education, which he received in 2011 from People Service International (PSI) and has since become a YOUTH PEER EDUCATOR. Pacifique also became the Youth Rwanda organization coordinator focusing on HIV/AIDS prevention, reproductive health and family planning for marginalized youth and entrepreneurship in youth.

You can connect with him on his blog.

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