In February 2016, Charlie Vaughan-Jones, Dental Tutor for Rural Wales ran a CPD course on the aspects of maxillofacial surgery. The course was very well received with excellent feedback received from the delegates in attendance, raising their awareness of Noma.
The speaker, George Hamlin decided to donate his speaker fee to a charity close to his heart – Facing Africa, a charity that currently funds two teams of highly skilled and experienced volunteer surgeons from the UK, Germany, France and Holland to Ethiopia each year, to perform complex facial reconstructive surgery on the victims of the disease.
The Noma (cancrum oris) is an acute and ravaging gangrenous infection affecting the face. The victims of Noma are mainly children under the age of 6, caught in a vicious circle of extreme poverty and chronic malnutrition (Source: www.facingafrica.org).
With generosity received from the delegates in attendance and the speaker fee, George raised a total of £383 for the charity. Well done George!