Charity Kiki Kennedy

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Founding Chairperson
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Brief Biography: 

Charity Kiki Kennedy is a Civil Leader through the Young African Leadership Initiative – Regional Leadership Center Southern Africa who is a Mental Health advocate both at National and Regional level .She is a survivor of major depression which through her survivor story got inspired to take mental health advocacy to a different level to impact lives , seen in the formation of Botswana Network for Mental Health and The African Umbrella for Mental health in the year 2015 and 2016 respectively. In her journey to normalize mental health in the country she worked with different departments where she sat on various technical working groups to provide insight on linkages of mental health with distinguished topics like gender based violence ,marriage ,drugs use , HIV/AIDS , Education ,Men & Boys .In February 2018 together with 3 members of her team volunteered at the Global Mental Health Summit that was held in South Africa .In 2018 her leadership launched the African Umbrella for Mental Health in Gaborone Botswana during the 1st Pan African Mental Health Symposium which was officiated by the Acting Permanent Secretary Ms B Moagi on behalf of the Minister of Health & Wellness (Event report available). Kennedy has made lead appearances on several media platforms like BTV News, Talking Point, Molemo wa Kgang, Silent Shout, Morning Live, most of local papers like Sunday standard, all local radio stations, ebotswana ,MaruTV ,Access Tv and she was also profiled by Inbusiness Magazine as another form of relaying the mental health education.

Regions of interest: 
Maternal and neonatal health
Children and adolescents
Older adults
Families and carers
Minority populations
Non-communicable diseases (e.g. cancer, diabetes, stroke)
Communicable diseases (e.g. HIV/AIDS, TB)
Our team delivering Mental Health talks  during Morupule Coal Mine wellness day

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