The U.S. Department of State recently featured Ntsali Khesa, a 2017 Mandela Washington Fellow at UW-Madison. In the podcast, Khesa, an HIV/AIDS counselor from Lesotho, addresses stigma and discrimination around HIV/AIDS in Lesotho and how her outreach efforts have helped individuals access preventative education, treatment and therapy needed to live their best lives.
“One day we need to have people who are not living with HIV and AIDS,” she said. “Let’s join hands and try to re-define the African narrative in terms of what African is and what Africa has for the future of our kids, for the future of the coming generation.”
Access the full YALI Voices podcast, “Going door to door to raise awareness on HIV/AIDS in Lesotho,” here: https://yali.state.gov/yali-voices-raise-awareness-hivaids-lesotho/.
Khesa spent six weeks on the UW-Madison campus as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship in summer 2017. UW-Madison hosted the prestigious, U.S. State Department-sponsored program for the second year in a row, providing established young leaders from across Africa with seminar-style discussions, leadership trainings, community service opportunities and cultural experiences.