On Thursday 22 May 2008, Winds of Hope and the Federation organised the first World Day to combat Noma. This “Noma Day” was held in Geneva under the patronage of Mr Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations, and chaired by Bertrand Piccard, President of Winds of Hope. It was organized in association with the World Health Organization and its Regional Office for Africa and with the cooperation of the International Dental Federation.
The objectives of Noma Day were to bring noma, a hitherto little known scourge, out into the limelight. The day included scientific lectures by renowned researchers; informative sessions open to the public; a youth forum; various presentations on the activities of humanitarian organizations; and exhibitions of photographs and films.
To close the day, a Gala Evening was organized. This raised almost a million francs for field campaigns combating noma. Already by the end of 2008, several of the Federation’s associations were benefitting from funding for their projects in sub-Saharan Africa.