Shamim Nabuuma Kaliisa is the founder of Community Dental and Reproductive Health, a social enterprise formed whose goal is to provide pediatric provision of dental and reproductive health services to the low income communities in Uganda. One area of focus as a preventative measure is cervical cancer screening. A critical component to the company’s mission, which also includes advocating for the health rights for marginalized population, is access to health care. All health services are mobile, providing healthcare to rural regions of Uganda.
As a child, Shamim experienced chronic dental pain and faced many obstacles when seeking treatment. In turn, she lost her mother to cervical cancer. Both experiences fueled a passion for helping others. Community Dental and Reproductive Health is seeking to provide avail dental services and cervical cancer screening services to at least 3 million people respectively by the end of 2024.
Shamim is currently a medical student from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.
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