Benda Kithaka

Executive Director, KILELE Health Association

Benda is the Founder and Executive Director of KILELE Health Association. She is a Health Advocate based in Kenya, with a background in Policy Advocacy, Health Systems Strengthening, Social Behavior Change Communications, and Community Mobilization.

Her policy advocacy and social research work is focused on advancing survivorship and quality of life, as a critical tool for advocacy in the prevention and control of cancer and other non-communicable diseases. At KILELE Health, Benda leads a team of community based advocacy champions who utilize their lived experiences as cancer survivors and/or caregivers to reduce stigma, inspire hope, and change mindsets. This is to influence uptake of primary and secondary prevention of women’s cancers, with a specific emphasis on cervical and breast cancers in Kenya.