Pilot Mathambo – Founder and Director
Mr. Pilot Mathabmo is a LGBTQIA+ and HIV/AIDS activist who founded the Pilot Mathambo Centre for Men’s Health in 2011 after thirteen years working with various NGOs – including the Coping Centre for People with HIV/AIDS (COCEPWA), the Botswana Network of People Living with HIV (BONEPWA) and the Lesbians, Gays & Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO).
After serving as a community mobilizer and program coordinator, among other roles, Mr. Mathambo decided to launch a new organization that specialized in more specific, targeted MSM intervention. He realized that there were many members of the community who lacked access to Botswana’s various LGBTQIA+ projects – especially men living in rural areas as well as the country’s MSM sex worker population.
In 2005, Mr. Mathambo won the Youth Leadership Award from the Botswana government’s Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture. He has a quality assurance qualification in health from Makerere University in Uganda and a degree in Project Management from the University of Botswana. He received a diploma in Development Leadership from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Canada – and is currently pursuing his Masters there, as well.
Unoda Samuel – Health Officer
Mr. Unoda Samuel brings expertise in the field of nursing to the Pilot Mathambo Centre for Men’s Health, having spent years working in both the public and private health sectors as a frontline healthcare worker. Prior to his role at PMCFMH, Mr. Samuel found passion in directly interacting with patients/clients – concentrating his activities on relationship building, problem-solving, lobbying, and advocacy. This passion is what led him to join PMCFMH as its first-ever MSM Health Officer.
Currently, Mr. Samuel is drawn to the intersectionality of HIV/AIDS, gender and human rights. He frequently provides patients with advice on how to improve their socio-economic status in order to achieve the best health outcomes possible for themselves and their families. Mr. Samuel prides himself on his commitment, optimism, curiosity and determination, as well as his dedication to his field.
Mr. Samuel graduated from the Francistown Institute of Health Services with a degree in General Nursing.
Nthabiseng Ditshweu – Finance Officer
In her role as Finance Officer for the Pilot Mathambo Centre for Men’s Health, Nthabiseng Ditshweu is responsible for facilitating discussions on important issues involving the MSM community. Using short films as a tool, Ms. Ditshweu has been able to detangle myths and perceptions about LGBTQIA+ people – a key part of PMCFMH’s mission.
Ms. Ditshweu inspiration to become an advocate came from Dr. Maya Angelou. In addition to her work with PMCFMH, she is passionate about encouraging self-empowerment among Botswana’s young female population. In her free time, Ms. Ditshweu enjoys volunteering, dedicating her time to the less fortunate, as well as traveling with friends and family.
Ms. Ditshweu possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Tourism and Hospitality Management) from the University of Botswana.