Dr. Nicole Bouba
Based in the Central African Republic, Dr. Nicole Bouba, DMD and Health Economist, is Smile Train’s Program Director for Central Africa. Her 17 years of post-graduate experience cutting across dental surgery, public health, and management, have helped her develop strong skills in result-based management. Notably, her expertise has informed the planning, budgeting, monitoring, and execution of national programs on HIV/AIDS and nutrition and malaria for the Senegalese Ministry of Health.
Since joining Smile Train in August 2017, Dr. Bouba has established good relationships with existing and new medical partners throughout Central Africa. Thanks to her efforts, more countries have comprehensive cleft care programs, dormant partnerships have been reactivated and expanded, and hospitals throughout Central Africa now have cutting-edge medical equipment and staff trained in the latest healthcare skills. In 2020, she sharpened her leadership skills through coordinating the TeleCleft Lecture Series, an innovative e-learning program developed in partnership with WACS (West African College of Surgeons) to sustain non-clinical and training activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.