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: "Cancrum oris (noma) is an orofacial gangrene, which causes progressive and mutilating ... Noma, cancrum oris, necotizing ulcerative stomatitis."Noma Children Hospital Sokoto - Google Search
: "There is a permanent Noma Children's Hospital in Sokoto, Nigeria"Noma (disease) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Known in antiquity to such physicians as Hippocrates and Galen, noma was once reported around the world, including Europe and the United States. With the improvement in hygiene and nutrition, noma has disappeared from industrialized countries since the 20th Century, except during World War II when it was endemic to Auschwitz and Belsen. The disease and treatments were studied by Berthold Epstein, a Czech inmate physician directed to do so by Josef Mengele.
The progression of the disease can be halted with the use of antibiotics and improved nutrition; however, its physical effects are permanent and may require reconstructive plastic surgery to repair.
Despite the fact that more than 400,000 children are affected in Africa alone, there is only one noma hospital in all of Africa. Noma Children Hospital Sokoto is located in Nigeria and aside from the regular doctors, medical teams travel there to perform operations. Without plastic surgery, the children's faces cannot be restored."