”If you educate a girl, you educate a whole community” says Quresha Nur. Quresha (22) is from a village near Mombasa in Kenya. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 7. As a girl in a Muslim Somali-Kenyan family expectation to what she could and should achieve in life were not high in her community. But her father promised her a university degree and instilled a notion that “you can do anything” in the young girl.

Quresha has now graduated and works as a Community Health Worker in Mombasa. She has started her own community health organisation ‘Diabetes Champions’ where she seeks to educate her community in healthy lifestyle, combat stigma around diabetes, she focuses on equal rights for girls and offer support to newly diagnosed girls.

She is also a young entrepreneur currently working on a non-evasive blood sugar measuring devise with an international group of youths. Quresha is a driven person who wants to drive and see positive change in her community and beyond.

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