Noma - The face of poverty

Affected by the disease are mostly children in the poorest countries of this world. This bacterial infection pertains especially children, whose immune systems are weakened by malnutrition, pre-existing illnesses and bad sanitary conditions. Noma destroys facial tissue and bones. Often, the children are hidden by their relatives fearing for embarrassment, ignorance and helplessness. According to the WHO, the number of Noma victims is 100,000 children per year. 80% of the infected die from consequences of the disease (e.g. sepsis, fever, neglect).

With improved nutrition, access to clean water and supply of antibiotics, the survival rate is nearly at 100%. “Help for Congo Kids e. V.” wants to educate about Noma in accessible villages within the
Democratic Republic of Congo.

 

A new nose

In March 2017, we met this young girl begging and ill with Noma. She was physically weak, had respiratory problems and suffered from social isolation. As a child, she had been infected with Noma and the disease has destroyed parts of her face. With the support of “Help for Congo Kids e. V.”, she could be medically treated in Germany.

Since an operation was not possible at that moment, she got an epitasis for now. With the new artificial nose, she is very happy to have a complete face again. In 2018, we would like to invite her again to Germany to enable a full reconstruction of her nose.