Buruli ulcer

  • Without early treatment, Buruli ulcer carries a 25% disability risk.
  • Over 30 countries have reported cases of Buruli ulcer - occurs mostly in tropical and subtropical regions. 
  • Countries in West and Central Africa account for 85% of reported cases.
  • Approximately half of those affected are under 15 years old.
  • 80% of cases detected early can be cured
Provide Early treatment

Buruli ulcer is an infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans. We don’t know how the ulcer is transmitted, but we do know that the bacterium that causes this disease forms large sores on the skin. At first, patients develop painless swellings on their limbs. As the swelling grows, it becomes more painful, turning into ulcers that burst.

Patients experience excruciating pain from the ulcers and can lose their ability to walk or use their hands - As a result, they are often unable  to work. Their and their family's future is jeopardized!

The extreme pain makes it difficult to perform basic tasks, and children often have to stay home because they can’t travel to school with their swollen, painful limbs.

The problem

Many have a hard time accessing medical care. There aren’t many health workers who are trained to recognize and diagnose Buruli ulcer in rural areas, Treatments tend to be delayed. People suffer in pain longer and the disease can progress to a point where it becomes difficult to treat. This is why it is sometimes called “the eternal sore”.

The solution

The key to eliminating Buruli ulcer and the suffering is to train health workers to recognize the disease. They can then refer patients for quick and effective treatments. This is where you come in - Your generous support helps us train more community health workers to identify and diagnose Buruli ulcer, and also raise awareness of the disease in the hard to reach areas. These heroes provide wound-dressing supplies and laboratory tests for health clinics.

With early diagnosis, 80% of cases can be cured. Rifampicinstreptomycin, and clarithromycin are antibiotics used to effectively control Buruli ulcer. Surgery and rehabilitation also helps to heal wounds and improve mobility.

Buruli ulcer continues to be a problem in countries like Liberia and Côte d'Ivoire. Thanks to you more people are accessing appropriate medical care rapidly. We are working with the local government to effect changes in policy so that the disease is taken seriously - We are strengthening the local health systems so even more people in need can be treated in an efficient and timely way.

Buruli ulcer is ravaging people, especially the young. You can help! 

Help Stop Buruli ulcer

  • Send healthcare workers into remote communities to diagnose and treat Buruli ulcer patients
  • Support local clinics and hospital with needed supplies and training 
  • Treat and care for people living with complications from Buruli ulcer
  • Intervene early for kids so they do not miss school 
Stop Buruli Ulcer Now