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Desmond Nji

Manager CEO

Desmond Nji is a passionate young promoter of sustainable development in community and global engagements with more than 15 years of experience in the promotion of the health and well-being of young people, women and children, including sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and fight against HIV/AIDS.

Since he founded DESERVE, became National Vice President of the Cameroon Youth Network, PMNCH Adolescent and Youth Constituency member and Women Deliver Young Leader, he led the Advocating for Change for Adolescents Project (ACAP) in Cameroon launched in August 2018 and endorsed by Cameroon’s Minister of Youth Affairs and Civic Education on 1st November, 2021. ACAP included the adaptation of the toolkit used in English and French and development of a toolkit for disaggregated data collection on adolescent health and well-being. Desmond also led two sexuality education projects in Cameroon between 2016 and 2018 which developed an age-appropriate sexuality education manual for secondary schools endorsed by the Northwest Regional Inspector for Orientation and School Life.

Between 2020 and 2021, he served as co-chair of the Advocacy Working Group (AWG) of The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health – PMNCH (hosted by the World Health Organization in Geneva) and contributed in co-designing and co-leading the COVID-19 Call to Action which helped to mobilise more than US$30 billion worth of government and donor commitments to strengthen health systems to benefit women, children and adolescents during and after COVID-19. Since May 2021, he serves as Secretary of the Strategic Advocacy Committee (SAC) of PMNCH.

Desmond has academic background in Economics; holding a BSc in Economics from the University of Dschang, Cameroon; graduate and postgraduate diplomas in Economics from The University of Bamenda, Cameroon and an MSc in Health Economics from the Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom. As a Queen’s Young Leader, he took the Leading Change courses offered by the Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge.
His wide travel experience affords him transnational experience in matters concerning health and well-being. Desmond enjoys sewing, cooking, cycling and playing the piano.

Asmahan Saidou is a dedicated youth activist with eight years of advocacy experience, and public speaking on gender equality, the provision of quality education and sexual and reproductive health and rights and sounding the voices of indigenous girls. She is an GCE Advanced Level candidate and an aspiring lawyer. She attended the African Leadership Academy where she took the entrepreneurial leadership course and extras on advocacy. Asmahan’s role in DESERVE is more than just contributing her expert ideas, she directs outreach activities and ensures meaningful engagement of concerned stakeholders with interest in adolescents and youth.

She is the co-founded Iam.unbroken, working in Cameroon and Nigeria, to fight against sexual violence and provide creative solutions. Asmahan also has experience serving as the Creative Development Director at Edumail, Publicity secretary at EXPONENTIAL, a UN generation Equality forum activist, and in the United Voices social media managing committee. She has experience in journalism as she had been a reporter at This Week in Africa news series. Asmahan also led projects on sexual and reproductive health and rights for indigenous young women in Bamenda and another one on income generating activities through craft for adolescent girls.

She has also organized several seminars, workshops, trainings and conferences virtually and physically; thus, she has a mastery of organizational skills and usage of digital tools. She has also attended numerous trainings such as the National Training on Adolescent Health and Well-being under the Advocacy for Change for Adolescents Project (ACAP) during which she represented the Center Region of Cameroon.

Asmahan Saidou

Programmes Officer (PO) and in charge of Meaningful Adolescent and Youth Engagement (MAYE)

Djingang Tchiegoue Ulrich Yvan

Information, Communication and Technology Officer (ICT Officer)

Djingang Tchiegoue Ulrich Yvan has more than three years of engagement in leveraging digital technologies to solve critical problems with interest in investing digital devices, astronomy and astrophysics. He brings to bear his tech skills in DESERVE’s work along with his passion for the fight against poverty and illiteracy through digitalisation with computers among adolescents in Cameroon and globally.

Ulrich holds a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Software Engineering from the International institute of Engineering Science Arts and Technology Yaounde, Cameroon. As a National Outreach Committee member under the International Astronomical Union for Cameroon, he provides courses from the Cameroon Astronomy and Space Research Organisation for the promotion of space knowledge amongst youths.

He is the founder of Space and Environmental Science, Technology and Engineering for Africa(SESTEA), National Bronze Honor winner of International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition 2020 edition.

Ulrich also participated in various space projects like the International Asteroid Search Campaign and others between 2019 and 2021, which was to increase awareness of space-orientated fields for secondary schools and the University of Buea. He also served as a volunteer for the TiC summit 2022 edition.

Mbanwei Cynthia is a social worker with a Bachelor’s in Women and Gender Studies with Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Buea, Cameroon. Cynthia leverages her academic background and working experience to DESERVE’s community engagement for the health and well-being of girls and women. Apart from leading Light Up A Life (LUAL) as its CEO, Cynthia has volunteering experience with the Northwest Regional Delegation of Women’s Empowerment and the Family, the Community Initiative for Sustainable Development (COMINSUD), Cameroon National Association for Family Welfare (CAMNAFAW) , SEEPD Programme and SAMA’s CARE. She is a Georgetown peer educator on HIV/AIDS in the Department of Care and Treatment at the Etoug-Ebe Baptist Hospital in Yaounde and Family Planning and breast cancer peer educator with the Women’s Health Programme (WHP).
Cynthia loves to share a smile. She has passion in rekindling hope in the hopeless and preventing discrimination.

Am Mbanwei Cynthia, based in Yaounde, Cameroon. CEO light up a life ( LUAL) Social worker by profession,Bsc in Women’s and Gender Studies with Sociology and Anthropology. Rekindling Hope in the Hopeless is my passion, love smiling, don’t like discrimination. I am married with 2 kids. My pet name is Nick.

Volunteer with the Regional Delegate of Women’s Empowerment and the family,North West Region, Cameroon. Volunteer with COMINSUD, CAMNAFAW, SEEPD PROGRAM, SAMA’S CARE.

Currently volunteering with Etoug-Ebe Baptist Hospital Yaounde under George Town as Peer Educator on HIV/AIDs in Department of Care and Treatment and with WHP as peer Educator on
Family planning and breast cancer.

Mbanwei Cynthia

Community Officer (CO), Maternal and New-born Health and Well-being

Triumph Kia Teh

Community Officer (CO), Fight Against HIV/AIDS

Triumph Kia Teh is highly passionate about the promotion of health and well-being among youths in his community, with over three years of community engagement, promoting community healthcare through volunteering, presentations, and health campaigns. He is a Youth Leader in Cameroon for the Generation to End Aids (#GENDIT) project by Restless Development and UNIAIDS to promote sexual and reproductive health and alleviate HIV/AIDS by 2030. In 2021, Triumph won a Merit Award for Outstanding Contributions to Public Health by the Global Leadership Adventures, emerged as a Finalist of the Harvard University-founded Aspire Leaders Program worldwide, and Fellow of the Goodwill Fellowship.
Triumph is interested in mental health, with an ambition to become a neuro-psychiatrist–influenced by his mother’s mental illness that began in 2014. Triumph will begin this journey by obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Brain Sciences in 2026 from Dartmouth College, USA, as he looks forward to medical school thereafter. He has already completed and explored many online courses in health: Strengthening Community Health Workers Program from Harvard University, USA; The Science of Well-being from Yale University, USA; and Nutrition and Well-being from the University of Aberdeen, UK. He will also obtain an Associate’s degree in 2023 in Health Sciences from the University of the People, California, USA.
Triumph has diverse interests, encompassing social entrepreneurship, health, and education, and always seeks to make contributions to community development initiatives. He is the Founder and President of the Honey Initiative to equalize access to opportunities, Theirworld Global Youth Ambassador, HundrED Ambassador, and a King Scholar at Dartmouth College. In 2020, he was a National Delegate at the Advocating for Change for Adolescents Project (ACAP) by DESERVE. Triumph has impacted 1000+ IDPs, youths, and students using his story to inspire sustainable youth action. He currently serves as a Community Officer at DESERVE, leveraging skills and meaningful youth engagement to combat HIV/AIDS. In 2019, his academic excellence and community spirit enabled him to emerge as an Open Dreams Scholar, and he has upgraded to a Programs Coordinator and Peer Counselor–leading scholar engagement.

Photo Beltine


Community Officer (CO), SRHR-CSE

Bertrand Didier Demassosso

Community Officer (CO), Mental Health

Bertrand Demassosso is a senior school counsellor in a rural school in the centre region of Cameroon and is currently training as a clinical psychologist in the University of Yaoundé I. He is currently volunteering for The Healthcare Information for All (HIFA) as country representative for Cameroon. He received the HIFA Country Representative award for the year 2014 for his work in promoting health literacy in Cameroon and the world. He is the Vice president of Collective Memories and Internet Association dedicated to promoting interdisciplinary research in the history of Cameroon and fostering the use of information and communication technologies for research. He is the communications and public relations officer of ‘UNIPSY et Bien-etre,’ a clinical psychology association working in Cameroon to promote mental health and clinical psychology.

Bertrand is very passionate about research and advocacy in sexual reproductive health, sexuality education, health promotion, mental health promotion, health literacy, mental health literacy and school mental health. He wants health development to boom in Cameroon with particular focus on women, girls and youths. He loves nature, peace, harmony science and arts. He enjoys running and playing football, basketball, volley ball and chess.

As a longstanding member, Bertrand says, ‘working in DESERVE has ignited much more and fostered within me an actual desire to engage more in supporting and working for women’s and girls’ welfare. Indeed, when women and girls are in good health, happy, educated and working, the world would be a better place to live. Women and girls are totally worthy of respect and consideration because they are human beings!’