Getting Noma Out of Neglect
Fidel Strub was born in Ouagadougou in May 1991, Burkina Faso, as 7th child of 11. In 1994, Fidel got sick with noma and barely survived. For reconstructive surgeries, he went to Geneva where he met his now mother. As a child and teenager, Fidel had a total of 27 operations. It took Fidel years and psychotherapeutic sessions to accept his appearances. Only around 2014 he started to accept that he had to live with it.
Fidel learned watchmaking and finished an additional education in commerce and works currently for Swissmedic in Bern. He is fighting alongside with Mulikat to get more attention to Noma and oral health so no other child has to suffer terribly long after having Noma. That is how, in November 2022, Elysium (Noma Survivors Association) was born.
Disclosure: Mr. Strub has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
The Roots of Wisdom conversation series aims to bring together influential global leaders to answer and discuss thought-provoking questions and share their population and public health experience and knowledge. Questions are submitted in advance by a global community who have previously attended sessions of our Lecture Series. In this conversation, we will discuss Noma and the effect on survivors and society, and "What can a dentist do, to help prevent?"
- Understand dentistry, oral health and the impact on mental health, self esteem and self worth.
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