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Noma, Human Rights and Global Health - Impact work

Date: February 2018 - December 2018

Researcher: Dr Ioana Cismas

Dr Cismas has carried out impact work relating to her research on Noma, Human Rights and Global Health.

Noma (cancrum oris) is a disease which affects malnourished children living in extreme poverty conditions. This gangrenous disease starts in the mouth and spreads rapidly destroying the muscles and the bones of the face.

If diagnosed at the earliest stages, noma can be easily treated. Yearly, 140,000 children in Africa, Asia and Latin America are affected by noma. The disease has a mortality rate of 90% and the survivors face severe discrimination and violations of a wide range of human rights.

Dr Cismas secured funding to document the impact of legal documents adopted by the UN Human Rights Council Advisory Committee in 2012, finalised a dossier presenting noma as a neglected disease, and assisted with current lobbying efforts for the inclusion of Noma on the World Health Organisation list of Neglected Tropical Diseases.

Dr Cismas worked with various stakeholders, including representatives of the Sentinelles Foundation and the Geneva University Hospitals.