Woman Crush Wednesday (WCW): Umra Omar

Umra Omar is a Kenya humanitarian and social change agent. She is the founder of Safari Doctors, an initiative that provides primary medical care and health education through different media of transportation to communities in Kenya. Born in 1983, Omar has walked through the premise of medicine in her career having had a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and psychology from Oberlin College, Ohio, United States.

With stints in the US, Safari Doctors was birthed from revamping the dwindled mobile medical facility in her community in 2014. Geared with the mission to make medical facilities accessible to hinterlands and slums in Kenya, Safari Doctors had its maiden medical outreach in 2016. Today, her medical initiative has been able to reach out to hundreds of patients, notably women and children and with a Youth Health Ambassador program that aims to facilitate youth leadership.

Owing to the laudable feat of medical balance in her community and country, Omar was named a Top 10 CNN Hero and was in 2017 named the UN in Kenya Person of the Year with the Safari Doctors team. Also, the 37-year-old change agent in 2019 recognized as the World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leader.

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