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Noma: A Disease That Shouldn’t Exist Anymore

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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: 15 November 2022 

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

Venue: Karolina Widerströmsalen, Svenska Läkaresällskapet 

Address: Klara Östra Kyrkogata 10, 101 35 Stockholm. 


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

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

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

Tobias Alfvén
Tobias Alfvén is a pediatrician and associate professor in global health at Karolinska Institutet. He has researched primary healthcare workers' knowledge and management of the disease in Burkina Faso and Zambia and has advocated to add noma to WHO’s portfolio of neglected tropical diseases. He is also the Chair of the Swedish Society of Medicine (Svenska Läkaresällskapet). 


Miriam Moseson
Miriam Mosesson is a research assistant at the Department of Global Public Health, working with communications and project managing in the research team Global Child Health and Sustainable Development Goals. Miriam is also a part of the project "Building capacity for sustainable development in fragile states", which is part of Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Health.

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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Karolinska Institutet

Karolinska Institutet is one of the world’s leading medical universities. Our vision is to advance knowledge about life and strive towards better health for all. As a university, Karolinska Institutet is Sweden’s single largest centre of medical academic research and offers the country’s widest range of medical courses and programmes.  

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