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• Global Citizen reports on the UK's effort to help the world’s poorest regions and people in warzones by sending maggots to treat infected wounds. The larvae eat dead tissue and their saliva have antimicrobial properties.
• How can donors support and fund more innovative and low-cost solutions (such as maggot therapy) to aid those in conflict and humanitarian crisis?
The UK government is funding an international aid project that includes the distribution of maggots to treat infected wounds in regions suffering war and humanitarian crisis, such as Yemen and South Sudan.
It means that immediate surgical intervention or antibiotics aren’t required — instead, larvae from the green bottle fly eat up dead tissue and clean infections through antimicrobial secretions.
Conflict zones and humanitarian crises often lack medical supplies and cannot cope with demand, so “maggot therapy” could provide a low-cost solution to life and limb-threatening infections.
Read the full article about using maggot therapy to help warzones by Joshua James Parfitt at Global Citizen