Buruli ulcer

Objective and strategy for control and research

Control strategies

To minimize the morbidity, disability and socio-economic burden of Buruli ulcer.

©Christelle Ntsama/MSF.
A health worker raises awareness about Buruli Ulcer symptoms with some local children.

Early detection and antibiotic treatment.

Key activities
  • Community-level activities
    • Early case detection at the community level using village volunteers
    • Training of village health workers and strengthening of community-based surveillance system
    • Information, education and communication campaigns in communities and schools
  • Strengthening of the health system
  • Standardized case management
    • Laboratory confirmation of cases
    • Specific antibiotics
    • Wound care
    • Surgery
    • Prevention of disability /rehabilitation
  • Supportive activities
    • Supervision, monitoring and evaluation of control activities
    • Advocacy, social mobilization and partnerships
    • Operational research

Buruli in the news!

28 August 2014 | Geneva
Read 10 facts on Buruli ulcer

31 July 2014 | Geneva
Simple test promises early diagnosis of debilitating skin disease

10 July 2014 | Geneva
Clinical epidemiology of laboratory-confi rmed Buruli ulcer in Benin: a cohort
The Lancet , Vol 2 July 2014

20 June 2014 | Geneva
Management of BU–HIV co-infection
Tropical Medicine & International Health, DOI: 10.1111/tmi.12342

18 June 2014 | Geneva
Good data collection is essential for a better understanding of Buruli ulcer
The Lancet Global health, Vol 2, Issue 7

02 January 2014 | Geneva
Accelerated Detection of Mycolactone Production and Response to Antibiotic Treatment in a Mouse Model of Mycobacterium ulcerans Disease.
PloSntds DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0002618

Laboratory confirmation
Guidance on sampling techniques for laboratory-confirmation of Mycobacterium ulcerans infection (Buruli ulcer disease)