Buruli ulcer is one of the world’s neglected diseases. Recognised by the World Health Organization (WHO), the disease is found in regions with humid tropical climates.
In Akonolinga, in central Cameroon, Médicins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders established a ‘Buruli Pavillion’ in 2002 in the local hospital. More tan 1,000 patients have already received treatment.
Buruli ulcer has been recognised by the WHO in more tan 30 countries. It is hard to calculate how many people are affected, due to a lack of knowledge about the disease and due to its geographical distribution. Mainly it affects poor, rural communities in countries that are economically weak.