4. Global Health and Sanitation Advocates Bulongo and Muyatwa Sitali on Zambia, Supporting Local Farmers, and Why the Youth Are Key to Africa’s Future

In this episode of Dear Diaspora, Ndu is joined by global health advocates Muyatwa Sitali and Bulongo Sitali to discuss growing up in Zambia, supporting small scale farmer, and why young people are key to Africa’s future. 

Bulongo and Muyatwa Sitali are quite the duo! They also happen to be my aunt and uncle 🙂

Bulongo is currently an MPH student at Rutger’s School of Public Health, and Muyatwa is a WASH Specialist at UNICEF. 

With over ten years of experience in development, aid and public policy, Muyatwa has worked to advocate for health, water and sanitation in Ghana, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. 

Bulongo has worked for Zambia’s National Association for the prevention of Starvation (NAPS), as well as the Civil Society Organization Scaling Up Nutrition Alliance (CSO-SUN). Her goals for the future include working on research projects that contribute towards the advancement of knowledge in efforts to prevent and reduce the spread of communicable and non-communicable disease globally. 

During the conversation, we delve into how they met (such a sweet story by the way), the importance of Zambia’s agricultural industry, living and working in Liberia after its civil war, and much more. 

“The growing number of youth taking action gives me hope—they are being creative and innovative in effort to break the cycle of generational poverty ”-Bulongo Sitali 

Listen in to hear more of our amazing conversation!

Resources referenced in this episode:

Nobel Peace Prize Winners Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee: https://www.nobelpeaceprize.org/Prize-winners/Prizewinner-documentation/Ellen-Johnson-Sirleaf-Leymah-Gbowee-Tawakkol-Karman2

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s This Child Will Be Great: This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa’s First Woman President

Developments in Zambia’s Agricultural Sector:https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20190822-the-zambian-agri-tech-app-making-farming-cool

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