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Lucky Mbewe

Lucky Mbewe - 2017 Nominee
Position: Executive Director
Organization: Centre for Youth Empowerment and Civic Education
Current Location: Malawi, Central Africa
Master of Project Management from Cavendish University - Zambia
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
BSc, Degree - Managing Rural and Community Development
Awards Received:
  • Award:
     Granted an Achievement Award in the Fight against HIV/AIDS
    Awarding Organization:
    National AIDS Commission and National Youth Council of Malawi
    Date Awarded:
    June 17, 2014
  • Award:
     Received Young Achievers Award
    Awarding Organization:
    NICO Holdings/Department of Youth, Sports and Culture and National Youth Council of Malawi
    Date Awarded:
    April 20, 2005
He has been playing a key role in advocating for youth sexual and reproductive health and rights, effective delivery of youth friendly Heath services, and youth participation and empowerment. He has also influenced formation of SRH Alliance in Malawi – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have been involved in conducting awareness campaigns among communities to meaningfully engage young people and support them to access SRHR services including Family Planning. Furthermore, I have also trained health service providers on Rights Based Approach so that they should be able to provide SRHR and Family Planning services to young people without looking down upon them since it is within their rights to do so. I also have been involved in facilitating outreach activities to bring family planning services within reach of young people so that they are counted in as far as ensuring access to Family Planning services is concerned. These have been done through the implementation of a project called Enhancing Uptake of SRHR services among young people.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

many young people in the areas where my organization works face enormous challenges to access SRHR services due to harmful cultural practices, religious beliefs, distance to where they can access such services, negative attitude of health services providers towards young people accessing family planning services. Considering the demographic dividends and the youth burg, I feel I have duty to engage the young people and build their capacity to demand wht belongs to them.

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

1. I facilitate the development of family planning programmes for young people and implement them in the communities which we work. These programmes helped to to shape my leadership and project management skills to ensure meaningful youth participation.
2. I have strong advocacy and lobbying skills for which helps me to engage key local and national policy makers to develop interventions which are youth friendly but also ensure meaningful consultations for the young people.

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 think if I happen to be a winner of this grant, I will use it to support health service providers to provide outreach activities where young people can access family planning and broadly SRHR services especially the hard to reach areas in rural Malawi. I feel this will make a huge impact to offer access to SRHR services among most marginalized and vulnerable young people. In addition, I will also use part of the grant to document the activities carried out for sharing.

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