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WHO approves Nigeria’s request to officially recognize Noma as a neglected tropical disease

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has officially recognised Noma (Cancrum oris or gangrenous stomatitis) as a neglected tropical disease.


Recognized government through the Federal Ministry of Health spearheaded action to have Noma included in the list of neglected tropical diseases.


In January 2023, an official request was submitted to the World Health Organisation on behalf of the 32 member states.