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«The damages caused by the disease are visible in many aspects of community life. When fighting to get the disease under control, we need to consider all aspects that further the onset of Buruli. Thus, an interdisciplinary approach is very important.»
Dr. A. Um Boock, Cameroon

There is much still to be discovered about Buruli ulcer and questions abound: How is it communicated? Where does the bacterium live before it passes to humans? How can it be diagnosed correctly? Can early diagnosis and medical treatment alleviate the effects of the disease to such an extent that surgery and even amputation can be prevented among all patients? And what form could healthcare, tailored to the local population’s needs, take so that those infected can receive treatment early on?

If more were known about Buruli ulcer, its sufferers could be treated to greater effect and be sensitized to the risks of passing it on. With these aims in mind, an initiative of the UBS Optimus Foundation has set up a consortium to carry out basic interdisciplinary and international research into Buruli ulcer. “Stop Buruli” is made up of eight respected research teams on four continents. The teams come from the US, Australia, Belgium, Benin, Ghana, Cameroon and Switzerland, and together have drawn up an interdisciplinary research plan.

The research consortium is made up of north-south and south-south partnerships. Thanks to the local Buruli programs on the ground in Cameroon, Ghana and Benin, sufferers can benefit immediately from the results of the research.

The “Stop Buruli” research project is supported financially by the UBS Optimus Foundation, which has set itself the goal of bringing Buruli ulcer under control as quickly as possible.

 
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