May 25, 2022

Film Screening and Panel Discussion: Getting Noma Out of Neglect

Geneva Graduate Institute, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)


Maison de la Paix
Auditorium Ivan Pictet, Geneva

Noma is a gangrenous infection starting in the mouth caused by extreme poverty, malnutrition and poor hygiene The disease kills up to 90 percent of people it affects. Those who survive the acute phase suffer severe destruction of facial tissue and bones and live with debilitating deformities that prevent them from having a healthy life.

The WHO estimates noma affects 140,000 people every year. It can be prevented by improving general conditions of life and access to healthcare.

‘Restoring Dignity’ is a 52-minute documentary following the stories of several noma survivors in Northwest Nigeria. The film offers a glimpse in survivors’ lives and follows their struggles and achievements over the course of a year. This event will be held May 25 from 15:00-16:30 CEST.