Cara was born in 1976 in India and at the age of 30, was diagnosed with a very rare recessive genetic condition, Hereditary Inclusion Body Myopathy (HIBM). HIBM is an adult-onset progressive muscle-wasting disease which affects all skeletal muscles, typically leading to incapacity within 10-15 years. There are fewer than 1,000 known patients worldwide and at the present there is no approved treatment or cure. Ten years after her diagnosis, Cara walks with the aid of leg braces and two canes.
Cara joined UNICEF in 2007, after working 6 years with the UN World Food Program in Ecuador, Dell Inc. in Panama and as a private consultant in China. From UNICEF Angola, she was transferred to UNICEF China to support the Sichuan Earthquake Emergency Operation. This was followed by UNICEF posts in Botswana, Madagascar, Mozambique, Thailand and most recently Haiti, where she served as the Resource Mobilization Specialist and Disability Focal Point.
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