Noma, from the greek word “Nomein”, means to devour. A kind of bacteria usually present in our mouth can literally devour.
Due to malnutrition and hygiene lack, those bacteria have devastating effects. First some isolated ulceration, then wounds on lips and gums until it obliterates whole portions of face.
A few weeks is enough time for the first wound to extend in a shocking way.
Most cases are recorded in Africa. The estimated number of people infected is around 800.000 (known), 70/90% of the ill don’t survive. For those who resist, plastic surgery is the only possible solution.
Topic addressed in the “13 Coins” project.