From Noma to health for all
From Noma to health for all
Rationale Noma is closer than ever to getting the attention it deserves. The Federal Ministry of Health of Nigeria, with the endorsement of over thirty countries from five different regions, has submitted a dossier of evidence in January 2023 to see this devastating disease included in the World Health Organization (WHO) list of Neglected tropical diseases. Even though being easily preventable and treatable, noma still causes the death of up to 90% of those affected each year, or an estimated 110,000 people according to WHO estimates.
In May 2021, the World Health Assembly adopted a historic resolution (WHA74.5) recognising that oral health should be included in the essential health services package that delivers Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and that noma should be included in the 2023 review process to consider the classification of additional diseases within the road map for neglected tropical diseases 2021–2030. This commitment was further strengthened during the first stakeholders meeting on noma and again in the WHO global strategy oral health, grounded in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted in May 2022.
This event wants to mobilise stakeholders to support this urgent goal, highlight noma as a case for implementing targeted Primary Health Care to achieve UHC and strengthen the future road map. Member States, survivors of noma, researchers, medical practitioners, donors, health focused humanitarian and development organisations, and UN representatives will get together in Geneva to finally put a spotlight on noma and noma survivors
It is organised byMédecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in partnership with theInternational Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases (ISNTD), the Geneva Health Forum (GHF), the Swiss Alliance Against Neglected Tropical Diseases (SANTD), the University of York’s Centre for Applied Human Rights and York Law School and Elysium, the first noma survivors organisation.
#ZeroNoma # BeatNTDs #WHA76
Dr E. Osagie Ehanire
Minister of Health, Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria
Professor Breda Smyth
Chief Medical Officer in the Department of Health, Ireland
Dr José Leonardo Ruales Estupiñan
Minister of Public Health, Ministry of Public Health, Ecuador
Noma advocate and Co-founder of Elysium Noma Survivors Organisation
Dr Bente Mikkelsen
Director, Noncommunicable Diseases in the division of UHC/Communicable and Noncommunicable diseases, World Health Organization Headquarters (WHO), Geneva, Switzerland.
Dr Bern-Thomas Nyang’wa
MSF Medical Director
Dr Ioana Cismas
Co-Director of the Centre for Applied Human Rights, Reader at the York Law School, University of York
Dr Kingsley Bampoe Asiedu
Team Lead, Skin NTDs, Disability Management and Inclusion, World Health Organization (WHO)