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Dressed in worn clothing, a woman with a child in her arms opens the door of her rundown apartment to welcome in a nurse bringing tuberculosis (TB) medication for her family. The woman, a widow and mother of five, is unemployed and can not afford to travel to the local clinic. It is essential to take TB medication regularly, therefore, a nurse visits the family three times a week to bring them medication and to make sure they take it.

Born in 1949 in Rangoon, Burma, Dr. San San Min had a childhood of privilege and entitlement. As the daughter of Rangoon's mayor, San San grew up with servants and tutors. However, her parents understood and accepted the civic duties that came with that lifestyle. Her father's open-door policy of actively listening to the needs of the community and her mother's insistence that San San and her siblings assume many household chores gave San San Min a platform to make the professional choices she has made.

When the Taliban began to seize power in Afghanistan in 1996, one of the first of their many brutal acts was to confine women to their homes, denying them an education, the right to work and even medical attention. At that time, Dr. Sohaila Seddiq was serving as the Director of the Academy of Medical Sciences the Military Hospital in Kabul, a city still not under Taliban control. As a trained surgeon, Dr. Seddiq had performed hundreds of operations on civilians and soldiers alike and saved countless lives.

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