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Smile Train Africa Vice President and Regional Director Appointed to Serve as an Advisory Group Member for the Civil Society Engagement Mechanism (CSEM) for UHC2030

December 13, 2019

Dr. Esther Njoroge-Muriithi

Dr. Esther Njoroge-Muriithi
Vice President and Regional Director, Africa

KENYA – Smile Train Vice President and Regional Director for Africa Dr. Esther Njoroge-Muriithi has been selected to serve as an Advisory Group Member for the Civil Society Engagement Mechanism (CSEM) for UHC2030.

Dr. Njoroge-Muriithi has represented Smile Train on several Civil Society Organization (CSO) platforms and events including the G4 Alliance, CORE Group and UNGA73 side events advocating for Universal Health Coverage (UHC). As a member of the Advisory Group, she will help strengthen a broad and inclusive UHC movement, which aims to influence policy design and implementation and facilitate citizen-led accountability. Her voice will join other strong CSO voices to contribute significantly to UHC2030, ensuring systematic attention is directed to the needs of the most marginalized and vulnerable populations so that ‘no one is left behind’. 

"Our governments have made the commitment to achieve Universal Health Coverage by 2030. It is our role as CSOs and NGOs to advocate for that commitment to be honored. I am excited to be at the frontline, helping to shape the journey and holding our political leaders accountable for the health of their citizenry," noted Dr. Njoroge-Muriithi.

Smile Train is the world’s largest cleft organization that empowers local medical professionals with training, funding, and resources to provide free cleft surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children globally. Smile Train advances a sustainable solution and scalable global health model for cleft treatment, drastically improving children’s lives, including their ability to eat, breathe, speak, and ultimately thrive.

Dr. Njoroge-Muriithi joined Smile Train in 2008 as a volunteer and has since become a leader within Smile Train and the UHC landscape. During her tenure, Smile Train Africa’s programs have grown in number and scale, expanding to include partnerships with 254+ hospitals and reaching 113,000+ patients born with cleft lip and/or palate.

A medical doctor, Dr. Njoroge-Muriithi also holds an MPH specializing in Health Systems Management. She is a qualified accountant under the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and holds several other certificates.

Dr. Njoroge-Muriithi is a recipient of Business Daily Africa’s Top40Under40 women in 2016 and a Rotarian, serving on the board of Rotary Club of Nairobi-Langata. She is also a wife and mother of three.

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About Smile Train
Smile Train empowers local medical professionals with training, funding, and resources to provide free cleft surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children globally. We advance a sustainable solution and scalable global health model for cleft treatment, drastically improving children’s lives, including their ability to eat, breathe, speak, and ultimately thrive. To learn more about how Smile Train's sustainable approach means donations have both an immediate and long-term impact, please visit smiletrain.org.

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