Safari Doctors Founder Umra Omar '06 Featured as CNN Hero

September 14, 2016

Communications Staff

Umra Omar ’06

Umra Omar received her bachelor’s in neuroscience and psychology at Oberlin in 2006. After receiving a master’s degree and starting a career in Washington, D.C., Omar felt a longing and a sense of responsibility to return to her native country. During a visit to her childhood community on the islands of the Kenya-Somalia border, she learned about a medical aid project that had been abandoned because of the security concerns.

That’s when Omar founded Safari Doctors, an initiative that provides free basic (and potentially life-saving) medical services, including immunizations, maternal health care, and treatment for malaria and other common diseases in the region, to more than 1,000 people a year.

Omar has been featured as a CNN Hero.

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