Buruli ulcer

Technical groups

WHO Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on Buruli ulcer

The WHO Technical Advisory Group on Buruli ulcer meets once a year and is composed of 16 members who are chosen for their expertise in Buruli ulcer control and research. Members serve for a period of 3 years and may be reappointed. TAG members are expected to:

  • monitor the implementation of the intensified control strategy;
  • promote research according to agreed priorities;
  • identify obstacles for the effective control of Buruli ulcer and recommend corrective actions;
  • advise on and prioritize new research initiatives;
  • ensure impartial review of new research proposals;
  • promote awareness of Buruli ulcer in the context of neglected tropical diseases;
  • assist in identifying funding to support the implementation of the above-mentioned activities.

Final report of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on Buruli ulcer, 2009.

Working Groups

The Annual Meeting on Buruli ulcer disease took place at WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland from 22–24 March 2010.

The meeting, attended by more than 150 participants from 30 countries, has recommended the establishment of 6 WHO Working Groups as from this year.

The main aim is to accelerate the implementation of the 2009 Cotonou Declaration on Buruli ulcer disease.

The Working Groups are also expected to create conditions for the promotion of international cooperation to tackle the problems associated with Buruli ulcer disease.

The 6 Working Groups are:

  • Strategy implementation and coordination
  • Care and support
  • Laboratory support network
  • Drug treatment
  • Epidemiology and surveillance
  • Research

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


Global Buruli Ulcer Initiative (GBUI):