– The 36-year-old mother of four studied medicine at the University of Zambia and specialised in plastic surgery at the University of Nairobi
– She achieved the feat after successfully bagging a Masters in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as the Smile Train- COSECSA Fellowship programme
– Dr Nang’andu’s choice of speciality will be handling patients with cleft lip and cleft palate malformations
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Dr Amanda Nang’andu Malungo, a Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic surgeon has shattered the glass ceiling to become the first female plastic surgeon in Zambia.
This is after she bagged a Masters in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as the Smile Train- COSECSA Fellowship program.
The 36-year-old mother of four studied medicine at the University of Zambia and specialized in plastic surgery at the University of Nairobi.
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She was awarded the scholarship to study in Kenya from Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft charity.
“The value of women in surgery to healthcare systems and communities at large cannot be understated. We are committed to offering a full scholarship to four female plastic surgeons every year over the next five years, and 10 surgeons in total,” said Smile Train Vice-President and Regional Director for Africa Dr Esther Njoroge-Muriithi.
She also added that the organisation has set aside $500,000 (KSh 54.8 million) to encourage more women to become surgeons and join the bandwagon of making lives better for their communities.
Dr Nang’andu’s choice of speciality will be handling patients with cleft lip and cleft palate malformations, an inborn deformity that makes victims struggle with speech, breathing, eating and hearing.
“I was Introduced to clefts during undergraduate training and got involved in active cleft surgery during my specialist training. I was particularly touched by a young woman who was abandoned by her husband and family because she had a history of cleft lip, and later, birthed a child with a cleft,” she explained.
Dr Nang’andu decried the fact that the African culture still subjects patients with cleft lip and palate deformities to discrimination and stigmatization.
Figures by the Global Surgery Foundation indicate that an estimated 1.7 billion children lack access to safe surgical care.
Hillary Lisimba Ambani is a graduate of the University of Nairobi’s School of Journalism with an illustrious career in Print, Broadcast and Online journalism. He is a published author, former columnist at Daily Nation, Human-Interest editor at TUKO.co.ke, and Philanthropist. Hillary uses his experience, skills and knowledge to change the world a day at a time under the maxim ‘born to tell stories to touch lives.’ Learn more about him on Facebook.
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