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Felix Limbani

Felix Limbani is the current Director of Programmes of a vibrant Youth NGO in Malawi (Youth Net and Counseling). As Director of Programmes, he is deputy to the Executive Director responsible for technical matters, and forms part of the Executive Management of YONECO. He provides strategic direction and overall leadership to all the programmes under his directorate. The major areas are: Programme development and management, programme monitoring and evaluation, research, networking with donors and other stakeholders, employee management, financial management, and reporting.

Felix Limbani holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Technical Education from the University of Malawi – The Polytechnic. He is currently studying for his Masters Degree in Public Health from The University of Malawi – College of Medicine. In his ten years of experience in development work, he has significantly contributed towards the development of young people in Malawi. His career growth has been attributed to his strong passion to learn new things and great potential of sharing what he has learnt. Among others, he is a Board member of the Malawi Electoral Support Network and sits on the National Technical Committee on Gender, Culture, Human Rights and HIV and AIDS in Malawi.

Felix Limbani’s career goal stands on the notion that it takes a healthy nation to build a wealthy nation. His best contribution to Malawi is to play a significant role and contribute towards addressing a wide range of public health problems affecting Africa and Malawi in particular. Putting it into context - although more than half of Malawi’s population is youth, most of them live under extreme poverty, and this complex mix of socio-economic and cultural factors undermines their abilities to protect themselves from, abuse, exploitation, crime, disease and death. On the other hand, Malawi continues to suffer at the hands of gender inequality, child mortality, HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, maternal death which all contributes to poverty.

But There is cause for optimism:

Malawians have the capacity to increase their knowledge and change their attitudes and behaviours in positive, protective ways if relevant public health programmes and policies are developed and implemented
The White House and the State Department hosted a Forum for up to 120 young African leaders (ages 20-35) from civil society and the private sector for two  and half days, August 3-5, 2010 in Washington, DC.  The event spotlighted the milestone of Africa’s many 50th anniversaries of independence by encouraging a new generation of leadership in Africa.   Senior administration officials announced this Forum on Friday, June 25, in Toronto when President Obama met with African leaders at the G8 Summit.