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Rocialle is once again supporting Facing Africa’s fantastic work in treating sufferers of Noma

23rd October 2015



In recent years, Rocialle has been a regular contributor of dressing packs and other medical supplies for the charity’s surgical missions. This month, a team heads for Ethiopia.

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. Each year, Facing Africa sends two teams of highly skilled and experienced volunteer surgeons from the UK, Germany, France and Holland to Ethiopia. They perform complex facial reconstructive surgery on the victims of the disease. Each team is made up of 4 surgeons (plastic, maxillo-facial and cranio-facial), 3 anaesthetists, an anaesthetic assistant, 3 operating room nurses, 3 ward nurses, a doctor and 2 wound care nurses. Each surgical mission spends two weeks in Ethiopia and generally carries out 35 – 45 facial reconstructions.

In addition to the surgery, Facing Africa also encourages local doctors, surgeons and nurses to attend lectures and presentations by the charity’s volunteers in order to teach them new and better procedures and techniques. Ethiopian surgeons are invited to observe and assist during surgery. Facing Africa also donates surgical instruments, consumables and disposables to Ethiopian hospitals at the end of each mission.

Facing Africa’s website contains images that everyone may find distressing: Link

Their fundraising page can be found here: Link



Rocialle, with wide ranges of medical packs and single use surgical instruments, packed and sterilised at its facilities in the UK, is helping healthcare providers to control infection and drive down the cost of high quality medical products. Rocialle serves almost every National Health Service Trust in the UK, private hospital  groups and distributors in the UK and around the world. Rocialle is part of Berendsen Plc, a FTSE250 company and a European textile service business with leading positions in most of the countries in which it operates. Berendsen has 15,000 employees across 15 countries throughout Europe. Rocialle employs 350 people at its Mountain Ash site, close to Cardiff.

For more information: Mark Birchmore, Marketing Manager, Rocialle.

Rocialle, Cwm Cynon Business Park, Mountain Ash, Rhondda Cynon Taff, CF45 4ER,UK



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