Representatives of Health Ministries of 10 African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinee Bissau, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, DRC, and Togo) will meet in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, from 9-11 November 2016, in the context of the workshop of the Regional Noma Control programme.
The overall objective of this intercountry workshop, organized by the WHO Regional Office for Africa, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of Burkina Faso and with the support of the Hilfsaktion noma e.V. NGO, is to scale up prevention and control in the affected countries through the sharing of the experiences and the harmonization of intervention strategies at the subregional level.
The specific objectives are to:
- present the new WHO African Regional oral health strategy 2016 – 2025 and the manual, “Promoting oral health in Africa” in the context of noma prevention and control
- stimulates the sharing of best practices through two cas studies: Niger and Senegal
- discuss Countries’ progress reports on the implementation of their 2015-2017 three-year noma control action plans
- develop a common strategy for efficient use of brochures and posters produced by WHO to improve early diagnosis and management of noma cases at primary health care level
- discuss the issue of including noma in the list of Negleted tropical diseases.