«Getting Buruli ulcer under control demands expertise on many levels. Researchers working in all fields ranging from social to immunological, molecular and bacteriological sciences are needed to understand the disease.» (Prof. Françoise Portaels)
“Stop Buruli” is an international consortium that plans and conducts research into this neglected disease according to a coordinated agenda. The aim of the research is to produce results that can be applied in practice and thus serve to bring the disease under control as quickly as possible. It focuses on the following four aspects:
- Identification of transmission paths
- Development of a simple method for laboratory diagnosis
- Optimization of treatment
- Research into socio-economic and cultural aspects to improve control of Buruli ulcer.