It has been more than two years since the battle between the Islamic State group and the Iraqi forces officially ended in Mosul, Iraq. The healthcare system remains fragile with thousands of families struggling to access quality affordable health care.
What is Noma?
Noma is an infectious but non-contagious bacterial disease that starts as an inflammation of the gums, similar to a small month ulcer. The infection destroys the bone and tissue very quickly – over a matter of days – affecting the jaw, lips, cheeks, nose or eyes, depending on where the infection starts. Noma mostly affects children under five-years-old who are living in poverty. Grema lives with his family in a city in Yobe state, Nigeria. When his young son Mohammed, two-years-old, got sick, they didn’t know that it was noma and they didn’t know where to find help.