Ethiopiaid focuses on supporting projects that prevent and treat people living with Noma (an acute and ravaging gangrenous infection affecting the face) and other facial disfigurements.
ETHIOPIAID'S AIM: To improve access to medical treatment for victims of Noma.
Noma surgical missions - Facing Africa
Noma predominantly attacks children whose immune systems have been weakened by disease and malnutrition. The infection starts in the mouth and spreads rapidly, leaving ghastly, painful wounds on the victims' faces. Only 10% of victims survive this ravaging disease. The demand for highly skilled medical professionals in Ethiopia is great. We are working with an organisation called Facing Africa to send teams of medical volunteers to Ethiopia to perform reconstructive surgery on people who have been tragically disfigured by Noma. All the healthcare professionals that are sent are unpaid volunteers, generously donating their time and skills.
Through our partner Facing Africa, we have achieved the following:
- Facing Africa performed more than 40 facial reconstruction surgeries during 2017 mission.
- Over 400 transformative surgical procedures on children with facial disfiguration caused by Noma.
- Those treated recuperate in a specialist facility that ensures the best possible chance of recovery and reintegration into the community.
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