This paper provides an overview of the disease of noma (cancrum oris), neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), and examines the World Health Organization (WHO) criteria for the adoption of additional diseases as NTDs. The paper evaluates available literature on noma to make the case that noma disproportionately impacts impoverished populations, primarily affects people living in tropical areas, is amenable to broad control, elimination, or eradication, is neglected by research, and demonstrates a need for a global response. This paper further examines the benefits of being designated as an NTD by the WHO and offers recommendations for what is needed to support the submission of a proposal to the WHO STAG for NTDs. The results suggest that noma meets these NTD adoption criteria and therefore should be considered for categorization by the WHO’s Strategic and Technical Advisory Group (STAG) for NTDs.
Recommended CitationMcCaffery, Desmond; Frasso, PhD, Rosemary; and Plover, PhD, Colin, "A Proposal to Support the Categorization of Noma as a Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) by the World Health Organization (WHO)" (2019). Master of Public Health Thesis and Capstone Presentations. Presentation 310.