Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge

It is the aim of the Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge funding program, to identify and support ground-breaking solutions that engage the private sector and draw from the experiences of affected communities in order to significantly improve and save the lives of vulnerable people affected by conflict. The goal is to identify solutions that allow communities to respond more nimbly to complex emergencies and take steps to create better lives for themselves.

Creating Hope In Conflict with maggot therapy

MedMagLabs was part of the first cohort of innovators funded by this program and received CAD250,000 for R&D to develop solutions for the production of medicinal maggots and maggot therapy in conflict-affected communities and other compromised healthcare settings. The project was led by Dr Frank Stadler, the chief investigator, and a multidisciplinary team of academics from Griffith University, with support from an expert advisory group.

Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge is a partnership of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, with support from Grand Challenges Canada (Grant Number R-HGC-POC-1803-23080).

Some project activities have also been proudly supported by the Queensland Government—Queensland Citizen Science Grants (Grant Number OQCS107CSG20).

Treatment Manual

MedMagLabs collated best practice guidance on maggot therapy from the literature and translated this wealth of information into an easily accessible simplified Treatment Manual consisting of eleven fact sheets. The documents use illustrations to make complex information more accessible, especially to end users with reading difficulties. The fact sheets have been produced in English, French, and Arabic. In addition, we produced two treatment videos that show step-by-step how maggot therapy dressings are applied and removed in both high-resource and low-resource healthcare settings.

Medicinal Maggot Production

DIY-Lab. MedMagLabs developed in partnership with citizen scientists easy methods for the production of medicinal maggots in low-resource healthcare settings. A highly multilingual (English, French, and Arabic) Production Manual sets out in detail how flies are best reared and cared for and how medicinal maggots are produced with few resources. This is accompanied by a set of twenty visual User Manuals that describe relevant work activities illustration by illustration, step by step.

C-Lab. MedMagLabs prototyped a medicinal maggot production laboratory in a converted 20-foot shipping container that could be set up just about anywhere to produce large numbers of high-quality medicinal maggots.

Creating Hope In Conflict

With generous support from Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge, we were able to develop maggot therapy supply chain solutions that enable isolated communities to establish and maintain maggot therapy production laboratories with local resources. We have also developed highly visual and multi-lingual training resources explaining maggot therapy and the clinical indications and contraindications for the treatment.

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