Promote the participation of women in Medicine

through the program Women in Medicinethe non-profit organization, Operation Smile AC seeks to bring women closer to participating in the health sector.

This involvement can be through volunteering, medical research, or even testing surgical skills.

These types of activities are promoted with workshops and courses that are given at the event Women in Medicinecarried out internationally.

This year, the event was held in Peru, where a series of activities took place over 10 days.

‘Women in Medicine’ in Latin America

It was the first time that Women in Medicine comes to Latin America. Although by 2022 it is also planned in Morocco, the Philippines and Malawi.

During their presence in Peru, the women were able to connect with the boys and girls through the comprehensive medical service offered in the program.

It is a surgical program carried out solely by female volunteers that seeks to promote gender leaders in the health sector. This through a platform that promotes the opportunity to develop their careers through training, leadership and mentoring programs.

In addition, that it is made up of a comprehensive medical service that offers nutrition, psychology, language pathology, among many other factors.

“The purpose of Women in Medicine meets the objective of promoting the reduction of this gap that disables women in the Health Sector”, comments Kathy Magee, president and co-founder of Operation Smile.

Well defined goals

The co-founder of Operation Smile explains that it also seeks to train women to obtain the highest level of surgical procedures and multidisciplinary care for cleft lip and/or palate patients around the world.

It is estimated that, worldwide, a child is born every three minutes with a cleft lip and/or palate.

In this edition of Women in Medicine It was attended by 120 volunteers representing 15 countries in Latin America and the world.

The program began on June 8 with a day of educational sessions where experts covered the topic of female empowerment and inclusion in the health sector.

Topics such as the role of women in the health sector, nutrition, women in research, nursing, oral care and comprehensive care were discussed. Additionally, volunteer doctors and students highlighted their stories and experiences with which they seek to inspire girls and women belonging to the new generations to pursue careers in Medicine.

Women in Medicine has a 10-year commitment to work with global medical professionals, governments, hospitals, and other non-profit organizations to create various models of surgical care.