Going Far Together: A Future for Women in Healthcare Around the World

By Dr. Naikhoba Munabi, plastic surgery resident at the University of Southern California and former Global Surgery Fellow at Operation Smile

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” — African proverb

When asked how I’ve been able to climb the ladder of success to where I am today, my answer is always simple: I didn’t do it alone.

Cleft Surgeon, Fellow, Naikhoba Munabi of the US, Cleft Surgeon Luca Autelitano of Italy evaluates a patient with me during a
Cleft Surgeon, Fellow, Naikhoba Munabi of the US, Cleft Surgeon Luca Autelitano of Italy evaluates a patient with me during a
Cleft Surgeon Luca Autelitano of Italy evaluates a patient with me during an Operation Smile program.
A team photo of the all-female medical and non medical volunteers at the program in Morocco.
A team photo of the all-female medical and non medical volunteers at the program in Morocco.
A team photo of the all-female medical and non medical volunteers at the program in Morocco.
  • 100% wanted to maintain those professional relationships in the future.
  • 97% of women were more confident in their ability to perform their jobs.
  • 100% felt inspired to mentor women in their home countries.
Graph representing participants responses to several questions
Mentorship during the mission had a trickle-down effect for participant home countries. 100% of participants established professional contacts to maintain in the future and 100% felt empowered to mentor working women at home.

Simply put, creating a collaborative environment for female healthcare professionals encouraged women from all over the world to continue advancing and forging the path for more women to follow.

Participating in training and education with female medical professionals from Morocco and Sweden.
Participating in surgical and dental training and education workshops with medical professionals from Morocco and Sweden during the all-female program in Morocco.
Naikhoba stands with two female leaders of Operation Smile.
Standing next to two inspiring women, the co-founder of Operation Smile and the founder of Operation Smile Morocco.

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