Buruli ulcer

Previous Global Buruli Ulcer Initative Events

2011

International course on microbiology of Mycobacterium ulcerans, 28 November – 3 December 2011 | Yaoundé, Cameroon
The targets are scientists and technicians of laboratories involved in laboratory confirmation of Buruli ulcer with the support of Institut Pasteur International Network, Fondation Sanofi-espoir, WHO, Centre Pasteur du Cameroun, Ministry of Public Health Cameroon.
Objective is to provide indispensable knowledge for the detection of M. ulcerans in biological samples. The theoretical and practical sessions will permit the participants amongst several other things to:
1.Improve the quality of laboratory confirmation cases carried out in their respective countries
2.Reach the WHO TAG recommendation to confirm at least 50% of their BU cases.
The deadline for application is September 16, 2011 and there are no registration fees for registration

Volunteers and health-care workers pivotal to early case detection of Buruli ulcer (Mycobacterium ulcerans infection), March 2011
In March, The World Health Organization (WHO) met village volunteers and primary or front-line health-care workers.
Early case detection and control of Buruli ulcer (Mycobacterium ulcerans infection) is crucial. Local support contributes to motivating community involvement in control activities and strengthening public health programmes. Timely detection of patients greatly improves their chances of a full recovery from the disease.


2010 Events

Volunteers and health-care workers pivotal to early case detection of Buruli ulcer (Mycobacterium ulcerans infection), March 2011

The World Health Organization (WHO) says support from village volunteers and primary or front-line health-care workers is crucial to early case detection and control of Buruli ulcer (Mycobacterium ulcerans infection), a neglected tropical disease. Local support contributes to motivating community involvement in control activities and strengthening public health programmes. Timely detection of patients greatly improves their chances of a full recovery from the disease.


2009 Events

High Level Leadership meeting, 30 March – 03 April 09, Cotonou, Benin

Government of Benin, in collaboration with WHO co-organized a high-level leadership meeting on Buruli ulcer control and research in Cotonou from 30 March to 3 April 2009. Heads of State of Benin and Togo, the Vice President of Gabon, ministers of health, high-level delegations from endemic countries, non governmental organizations attended the meeting.

The annual meeting of the Global Buruli Ulcer Initiative (GBUI) was also held with the participation of over 300 representatives from 32 countries, grouping together policy-makers, national programme managers, scientists, representatives of NGOs, international organizations and partners.

2008 Events

10th Annual meeting of the Global Buruli Ulcer Initiative, 31 March – 02 April 2008, Geneva

Report of the 2008 Annual and TAG meetings

Every March, WHO organizes a meeting in Geneva that brings together representatives from the ministries of health of the affected countries, nongovernmental organizations and researchers currently involved in Buruli ulcer activities. This meeting is a very important part of global advocacy efforts and provides a forum to share and disseminate new information, and coordinate efforts among all partners.

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2007 Events

Annual meeting of the Global Buruli Ulcer Initiative, 2-4 April 2007, Geneva, Switzerland

From 2-4 April, over 150 people attended this meeting. Participants came from 26 countries (Australia, Belgium, Benin, Brazil, Cameroon, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, France, French Guiana, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Guinea, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Spain, Sudan, Switzerland, Togo, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States of America).

The progress on the development of treatment with antibiotics for Buruli ulcer was on top of the agenda.


2006 Events

International training course on the management of Buruli ulcer, 15 May to 9 June, Agogo Presbyterian Hospital, Agogo, Ghana

The World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of Ghana organized a four-week training course on the management of Buruli ulcer for 21 doctors from 11 countries at the Agogo Presbyterian Hospital, Agogo in the Ashanti Akim North district. The participants were from Benin, Cameroon, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Sudan, Uganda, Papua New Guinea and Togo. The course was facilitated by plastic surgeons from Australia, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Switzerland and France.

The Minister of Health, Major Courage E. K. Quashigah (Rtd), opened the course under the chairmanship of Nana Kwame Akuoko Sarpong, Paramount Chief of Agogo Traditional Council.

The main objective of the course was to train doctors working in endemic areas to improve their capacities to manage of Buruli ulcer and its complications. Those trained will support their national programmes to train health workers in their respective countries in a standardized manner. It was the first course of its kind to address one of the key points in the World Health Assembly resolution on Buruli ulcer in 2004. It was supported by the Nippon Foundation, Tokyo, Japan. About 105 patients were treated during the period.

Dr J. Saweka, WHO Representative in Ghana, closed the course on 9 June and presented certificates to the participants and trainers.

Annual meeting of the Global Buruli Ulcer Initiative, 15-17 March 2006, Geneva, Switzerland

Every March, WHO organizes a meeting in Geneva that brings together representatives from the ministries of health of the affected countries, nongovernmental organizations and researchers currently involved in Buruli ulcer activities. This meeting is a very important part of global advocacy efforts and provides a forum to share and disseminate new information, and coordinate efforts among all partners.

In 2006, WHO Annual meeting on Buruli ulcer took place in Geneva, from 15 to 17 March. About 150 people attended from 27 countries (Australia, Belgium, Benin, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, France, French Guiana, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Guinea, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Nigeria, Spain, Sudan, Switzerland, Togo, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States of America).

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