It’s hard to imagine just where Sipho Ncube finds the time. Already a final-year medical student at the Southern Utah University in the United States, the 25-year-old is always on the lookout for opportunities to make a difference — whether that is in places back home or the New York headquarters of the United Nations.
“The continuous process and need for self improvement” is her driving factor, she says. “I always remember that yesterday has passed, and today is giving me another chance to help transform the lives of those around me through my career and leadership roles.”
As a member of the International Federation of Medical Students Associations and the Student National Medical Association, Ncube has spent the past four years travelling to rural areas to assist in health education programmes. One project she’s particularly proud of involved delivering reusable sanitary pads to girls in an effort to shatter the stigmas of their menstrual cycle and ensure they did not miss attending school because of it.
Last year, she was selected as one of the 1 000 global youth leaders to attend the 23rd session of the Youth Assembly of the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation. Such was the impression she made that at the subsequent session, she was chosen to lead a delegation of youth leaders from African countries. The foundation recognised her efforts and bestowed on her the Outstanding Youth Delegate award in February.
Ncube hasn’t begun her dream job yet. When she qualifies as a medical doctor she hopes to contribute to national healthcare policies to improve the access of people in rural areas to quality healthcare.