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Noma is a truly devastating tropical disease – more people need to know about it

By Stuart Ainsworth, Senior Lecture and UKRI Future Leader Fellow, University of Liverpool
Noma is a rapidly progressing and often deadly gangrenous infection of the face. Horrifically, it mainly affects very young children living in extreme poverty. Despite this, few know of noma’s existence.

In December 2023, after years of advocacy, noma was finally included on the World Health Organization’s list of “neglected tropical diseases”. This is a significant achievement as it increases opportunities for funding and research into the disease,…The Conversation

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