Creative Design Student
My name is Obed Imbahafi from Rwanda. A first year creative design student from university of Rwanda, WIPO summer school and IGL alumnus and a contributor of 2020 UNECA youth design and innovation boot-camp.
What inspired you to enter the World NTD Day Story telling competition?
As a child, I always enjoyed stories from my grandfather. I could hardly miss storytelling moments. Through that, grandpa helped me develop good communication skills and gave me rich memories that keep me spell-bound to my culture.I deemed it a great opportunity to use the same vehicle to communicate NTDs to my little ones growing up.
Why does fighting NTDs matter to you?
I am greatly concerned about fighting NTDs because the majority of people who suffer these diseases are not privileged enough to get an education. Added to this is a great level of poverty that subverts their minds from fighting for remedies. I deem it a responsibility to my nation and the African continent to help bring an end to these critical issues.
How do you intend on continuing the fight against NTDs after this competition?
To create a video sharing app that will contribute to creation of awareness on NTDs.
What would be your request to your country’s leaders regarding fighting NTDs?
I agree with Kff.org on their recommendations of an integrated control approach targeting multiple NTDs simultaneously through mass drug administration (MDA), combined with community-level transmission control measures. This allows programs to reach more people and increase cost-efficiencies as compared to tackling each disease separately. This is my humble plea to the government of Rwanda to consider this as one of the ways of handling NTDs in Rwanda.