This week Project Harar begins a significant action-research project focusing on patients previously treated for noma, a gangerous tropical disease caused by malnutrition.
To carry out this action-research, Project Harar have teamed up with Dr Nadia Lafferty of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine to reach over 50 survivors of noma in villages across the Harar region, eastern Ethiopia.
The project will audit the quality of facial reconstructive surgical care and the social outcomes for patients with noma, as well as making referrals for further care and gauging local understanding of noma. This will be the first noma research project of its kind and will undoubtedly provide Project Harar's established health outreach programme and the wider medical community with further knowledge and understanding of this shocking disease.
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Listen to two BBC World Service interviews with Project Harar surgical teams from 2007. First up, an interview with Sissay Befikadu, who was in charge of the cleft programme at Yekatit-12 hospital. And secondly, an interview with Klaas Marck, a Dutch plastic surgeon and chair of the Dutch Noma Foundation.