Momentum for Mycetoma

Treatment for the flesh-eating, bone-destroying disease mycetoma is long and expensive. Little is known its incidence and prevalence, and rapid diagnostic tests aren’t available for primary care clinics.
For these reasons, 500 delegates gathered at a mycetoma conference in Khartoum, Sudan this past weekend and called for bold new action to fight the devastating, long-neglected disease.
“It is important we set goals and milestones that can trigger collaborative research to develop the much needed tools and medicines to simplify diagnosis and treatment,” said Mwelecele Malecela, WHO’s Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases director.
An essential first step: Integrating mycetoma interventions within primary health care delivery.

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