In many ways, Muhammadu, Mulikat, and Dahiru have little in common. They were born in different corners of Nigeria and grew up in different circumstances and with different dreams. But one day, when they were still children, their lives changed forever because of noma, a neglected tropical disease.
Noma is a completely preventable disease, easy to treat if addressed in time. Untreated, it eats away the skin and bones of the face in just a few weeks, leading to death for up to 90 percent of people infected, most of whom are children. The 10 percent who survive are left with a future of pain, discomfort, and social stigma.
Surviving noma with MSF’s support
Today, noma survivors Muhammadu, Mulikat, and Dahiru see each other every day at Sokoto Noma Hospital, which is supported by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). All three arrived after long journeys seeking help for their condition. After receiving treatment and several rounds of surgery each, they regained confidence and hope for the future. All three decided to stay at the hospital and become part of the solution.