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!

19 November 2015 | Geneva
New research shows the diagnostic potential of fluorescent thin layer chromatography to detect mycolactone in Buruli ulcer

12 November 2015 | Geneva
Despite limitations, clinical practice and observational data are allowing acquisition of knowledge - crucial to informing international guidance for Buruli ulcer disease management

30 September 2015 | Geneva
Rapid diagnosis of Buruli ulcer now possible at district-level health facilities

05 March 2015 | Geneva
Management of Buruli ulcer–HIV coinfection – Technical update
Ref: WHO/HTM/NTD/IDM/2015.01

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