A synergy of actors for the control of Buruli Ulcer in Côte d'Ivoire

On Thursday, 28 September 2017, a workshop was launched at Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d’Ivoire (CSRS), to launch a pilot study on "Integrated control and treatment of Buruli ulcer and other wounds Neglected Tropical Diseases of the Skin ".

Buruli Ulcer (BU), due to Mycobacterium ulcerans, is an infectious skin disease that affects largely the rural poor in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world. Côte d'Ivoire is one of the most affected countries in the world by this Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD).

This painful and invalid disease has profound consequences for the affected populations. To better control BU and other skin NTDs, WHO (WHO / NTD) plans to promote an innovative strategy for the management and treatment of Tropical Neglected Dermal Skin Diseases. It is in this context that the CSRS, together with the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) and the University Hospital of Heidelberg (Germany), organized a study on the pilot study on integrated control and treatment of wounds of Buruli ulcer and other neglected skin diseases.

The workshop, which was attended by some 30 participants, was held to discuss and plan research cooperation in the control and treatment of Buruli Ulcer (BU) wounds, in line with the new WHO strategy on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) of the skin. The results of this pilot study will inform local and national health authorities and WHO / NTD on the feasibility of an integrated strategy for wound management of BU and other skin NTDs.

In addition to the Swiss TPH and the University Hospital of Heidelberg (Germany), several of the national institutions involved in the fight against Burili Ulcer were present at this workshop: Institut Pasteur de Côte d’Ivoire, National Buruli Ulcer Control Program, Raoul Follereau Institute of Adzopé, so and so one.

The workshop was initially structured around presentations made by the representatives of each of the institutions present and, secondly, by discussions which made it possible to propose an integrated management plan for ulcer sores in Buruli and other NTD of the skin.

The general enthusiasm of the present actors presages a dynamic future synergy which will only benefit the populations still suffering from Buruli Ulcer (BU).

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