Prevention is the second phase of the project led by the international humanitarian association Noma Fund. It is a step towards better detection of the disease and rapid treatment.
This second phase will ensure that 80% of children at risk are effectively covered against the main risk factors of Noma. It consists in enabling local health workers to appropriate all the tools and techniques required for the early detection of Noma disease, the rapid and effective management of patients as soon as the first symptoms appear, as well as the reinforcement of prevention messages.
Ultimately, during the second five-year period of the project, the international humanitarian association Noma Fund plans to have an incidence of zero new cases of Noma patients, in order to gradually strengthen the surgical care and social reintegration of victims.
This prevention phase will be carried out with the participation of local health workers, using the same decentralized and integrated model as the awareness-raising phase. Thanks to Noma Fund, international humanitarian association, these health professionals will benefit from a strengthening of their technical skills and technological knowledge, in order to help in the screening and local management of Noma risk factors.
Means of prevention
Noma Fund, international humanitarian association, plans to implement screening campaigns in schools and families located in the heart of areas with high incidence of the disease. The identified risk factors will be addressed through the provision of resources, provided free of charge by the project. These resources are made up of:
- enriched food supplements to correct malnutrition,
- dental hygiene kits,
- antibiotics suitable for the treatment of bacterial infections of the mouth.
These resources will be allocated to the various communities based on the refined information collected by health systems, but also on the evidence gathered during the first screening campaigns. Existing platforms, such as the Expanded Programme on Immunization, the Nutrition Programme and the Neglected Tropical Disease Programs, will therefore benefit from a reinforcement induced by the project led by the international humanitarian association Noma Fund.