KIU, Western Campus – When Binezero Simon Mambo graduated from Kampala International University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Clinical Medicine and Community Health, many expected him to go job hunting.
Instead, the stout and soft spoken 23 year old took action and became a sexual and reproductive health and rights advocate, calling for change and increased access to quality health information and services in his community, especially for young people.
In November 2019, he co-founded and became a Team leader for Youth Alliance and Reproductive Health, a youth led organization envisaging a society where all young people have equal access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights information and services to make healthy and informed choices.
Binezero thanks KIU for giving him the opportunity to serve his fellow youth.
“My experience at Kampala International University as a 'She Decides Team Leader' really inspired me to commit myself to work for youth in Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS," Binezero explains, with a solemn look on his face.
Also, his CV is quite impressive for a person his age. Binezero was the youngest abstract presenter at the 3rd Uganda National Family Planning Conference in 2019.
Additionally, he was selected as a Youth Delegate to the International Conference on Family Planning in 2018 and was invited by UN Foundation as a Global Youth Representative to briefing of US journalists.
He has also been recognized for his strong advocacy for Gender Equality, being nominated in 2019 as a Global Young Family Planning Leader by 120Under40, organized by the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute with sponsorship from Bayer.
He also serves as the KIU focal person in DR Congo in increasing awareness and mobilizing students to join KIU as the Best University in East Africa.
“I can’t say thank you enough to KIU-WC administration and Management for always being supportive to my vision and advocacy. I have been made to feel that I’ve got a career, a future, given self-respect and confidence. It has just changed everything," Binezero concludes.