Tanzanian win The Queen's Young Leaders Award


Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, accompanied by Prince Harry, has hosted a special ceremony in the Ballroom at Buckingham Palace to present medals to the 60 winners of The Queen's Young Leaders Awards for 2016. Among them was Rachel Nungu from Tanzania a doctor and the national co-ordinator of a medical programme to help children who are born with clubfoot.

The programme uses a non-surgical method called the Ponseti method to treat patients. Children born with clubfoot are often hidden away, so Rachel has built good relationships with community leaders to spread awareness of the condition and its treatment. She has contributed to the establishment of partnerships with clinics in different regions and has trained staff. So far, more than 100 children have been treated, and in the future the group hopes to help more of the 3,000 children who are born with the condition each year.

Chairman of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, Sir John Major, David Beckham and Sir Lenny Henry were also in attendance.

The Queen’s Young Leaders Award is a prestigious Commonwealth project which recognises and celebrates exceptional young people from across the Commonwealth who are taking the lead in their communities and using their skills to transform lives.

The Queen’s Young Leaders programme aims to discover, celebrate and support young people from every Commonwealth nation. The awardees are chosen for having transformed their own lives and the lives of those around them, despite challenges they may have faced along the way.
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