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!

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)