Recently we had a group of Swiss surgeons come to our hospital for a week-long camp, and we brought in a bunch of patients for operations. Most of the patients came for cleft lip or cleft palate repairs, and that is something that we regularly treat here. But a few of the patients came because they needed plastic surgery of a different kind – something much more extensive. They had faces that were disfigured by a disease called Noma.
I had never heard of Noma before coming to Niger, so don’t be feel bad if you haven’t either. Read the rest of this entry »