Mycetoma patients—who suffer masses under the skin caused by an array of fungi and bacteria—often lack access to efficient care; but researchers exploring the disease in Sudan have found potential in community-based treatment.
Studying several villages in an area of Sudan where mycetoma is endemic, researchers from the University of Khartoum, Sudan and the Myectoma Research Centre found that holistic, decentralized care improved patients’ quality of life. If not caught early, the neglected tropical disease can leave patients severely disfigured and disabled; the study found that offering immediate, free services at the village level expedited the treatment process and reduced the follow-up dropout rate.
ICYMI: Back in 2016, GHN sent journalist Amy Maxmen to Sudan to explore mycetoma, our Untold Story of 2015. Check out her 3-part series, The Most Neglected Disease.