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Bridging Care Gaps: Empowering Health Workers for Global Equity


Jamie Ducharme, Health Correspondent, TIME
Kristie Magee Porcaro, Chief Strategy Officer, Operation Smile


with Patron Programming Partner

OperationSmile - Bridging Care Gaps: Empowering Health Workers for Global Equity

“We’ve been to the communities, we’ve served the population, we’ve been there for our patients and our families. But I think this world needs more partnerships, more collaboration.”

– Kristie Magee Porcaro

“It’s so unique that Operation Smile truly forms these partnerships with people on the ground in the countries in which you work, as opposed to just flying in to deliver care.”

– Jamie Ducharme

Key takeaways & next steps:

  • Operation Smile places significant emphasis on forging partnerships with local entities, governments, and healthcare providers to grasp community needs and facilitate effective healthcare service delivery, exemplified by their swift response alongside local partners during the Morocco earthquake.
  • Beyond surgical care, Operation Smile’s mission extends to delivering comprehensive healthcare services in low- and middle-income countries. The pandemic prompted them to expand their approach by enhancing surgical access, education, training, and safety measures, with the overarching objective of improving healthcare accessibility and fortifying local health systems.
  • Operation Smile’s commitment to empowering women and girls involves providing educational and training opportunities in healthcare, aimed at narrowing gender disparities in the workforce.
  • Operation Smile actively seeks collaborations and partnerships with organizations globally to confront challenges related to global health equity and generate positive impacts in communities.
  • Operation Smile’s strategy revolves around robust local partnerships, expanding care access in proximity to patients, emphasizing education and training, particularly for women and girls, promoting volunteerism and youth empowerment, and fostering global collaborations to tackle global health equity challenges and benefit communities worldwide.