Fighting NTDs in Sudan
Mycetoma: Sudan leading the way
Sudan is a leading country in public-health management of mycetoma. This highly disfiguring bacterial and fungal infection is relatively common in the country’s rural and poorest areas. In 2016, the Government of Sudan proposed a resolution to the 69th World Health Assembly to drive mycetoma out of neglect. Resolution WHA69.21 was adopted on 28 May 2016 and mycetoma was recognized as the 18th neglected tropical disease. In the meantime, the Federal Ministry of Health has launched an ambitious mycetoma control plan. Sudan also hosts one of the world’s leading centres on research and management of this disease, the Mycetoma Research Centre (MRC) at the University of Khartoum. In 2015, WHO designated the MRC as a WHO Collaborating Centre, the first and only one dedicated to mycetoma.