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Noma: A Disease That Shouldn’t Exist Anymore

Time and place

Join an evening that will shed light on noma disease. The award-winning documentary film ”Restoring Dignity” will be screened, followed by a panel discussion with international guest speakers.

Date: 16 November 2022 

Time: Doors & mingle with light snack 17:30, Start 18:00 

Venue: The Agardh hall, Lund University Clinical Research Centre 

Address: Clinical Research Centre, Jan Waldenströms gata 35, Malmö, Sweden 


Mulikat Okanlawon
Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Mulikat Okanlawon is a noma advocate and a noma survivor raising awareness at the global level. She works with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) at the Sokoto Noma Hospital and is the co-founder of Elysium, the first noma survivors organization.   

Photo: Fabrice Caterini / Inediz

Fidel Strub
Born in Burkina Faso, Fidel is a noma advocate and a noma survivor. As well as being a co-president of Noma-Hilfe Schweiz, he also founded the first noma survivors’ organisation in 2022 with Mulikat Okanlawon. Fidel survived noma in 1994 and had a total of 27 surgical interventions. It took him years of psychotherapeutic sessions to accept his appearance. He is fighting alongside with Mulikat to raise awareness of noma so that no other child has to suffer from noma.

Photo: Fabrice Caterini / Inediz

Mark Sherlock 
Mark Sherlock is a health advisor for MSF and health programme manager for MSF activities in Nigeria, Jordan and Iraq and also works part time as a physician in the NHS. He has worked in a wide variety of humanitarian contexts and has a keen interest in infectious disease control, neglected tropical diseases and health system strengthening. 

Photo: Fabrice Caterini / Inediz

Claire Jeantet
Award-winning filmmaker, Claire Jeantet is passionate about creating content with meaning and depth. She has co-directed and produced two documentaries about the journey of noma survivors, Restoring Dignity and Surviving noma. She now leads MSF campaign to raise awareness on this preventable and treatable disease and advance the advocacy agenda. 

Photo: Fabrice Caterini / Inediz

Marpe Tanaka
Marpe works as Innovation Lead at the MSF Sweden Innovation Unit (SIU). He has academic degrees in industrial design and development studies (LTH/LU). His work ranges from outlining strategies and method development to working with projects linked to planetary health, digital health, and process development specialising on human-centred design methodologies.

Organizers and partners

Médecins Sans Frontières / Läkare Utan Gränser

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) provide medical assistance to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from healthcare. Our actions are guided by medical ethics and the principles of impartiality, independence and neutrality. We are a non-profit, self-governed, member-based organisation.

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Lund University 

The Faculty of Medicine, Lund University is a faculty where different perspectives and people come together. We are a medical faculty that makes the world a better place – we exist to improve human life and health. 

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Johan Berg

Johan Berg is pediatrician and PhD student at Lund University. He works as a fellow at the neonatology clinic at Skåne University Hospital and teaches pediatrics at Lund University. He is a member of the MSF Sweden board and has worked as a medical doctor for the organization in Central Africa Republic, Iraq and The Democratic Republic of Congo.

Per Björkman

Per Björkman is professor in clinical infection medicine at Lund University since 2016. He also works as senior consultant in infectious diseases at Skåne University Hospital Malmö and as teacher in infection medicine at Lund University. He has worked with implementation of the HIV/AIDS program with MSF Holland 2003-2005, mainly in Burma/Myanmar and in DRC. Since 2010, he has created a field research unit in Adama, Ethiopia, which serves as a base for translational research projects in infection medicine.