Buruli ulcer

Objective and strategy for control and research

Control strategies

The main objective is to minimize the morbidity and disability associated with Buruli ulcer.


Early detection and treatment of the disease.

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

Essentials links

Guidelines for national programmes

Treatment of mycobaterium ulcerans disease (Buruli ulcer): Guidance for health workers

Cotonou Declaration on Buruli Ulcer

Recording and reporting forms

Buruli in the News!

08 April 09 | Geneva
Cotonou Declaration on Buruli Ulcer, Cotonou, Benin, 30 March 2009
English | French

03 April 09 | Geneva
Report of the 2008 TAG meeting on Buruli ulcer

Collaborating Centers and Laboratory network

Laboratory Network

POD Manual

Prevention of disability (POD)/rehabilitation


Global Buruli Ulcer Initiative (GBUI):