Reducing Morbidity and Disability Related to Buruli Ulcer Infections

AbbVie ad MAP Internatinal have partnered to reduce morbidity and permanent disability related to buruli ulcer infections in Cote d’Ivoire. The partnership also aims to build community and health care provider awareness and education of disease.

Controlling Buruli Ulcer in Cote d’Ivoire

AbbVie Foundation is supporting MAP International’s program to increase access to early diagnosis through awareness raising and active early case detection and building the capacity of community healthcare workers and health professionals through training in early case detection, prevention of disabilities and continuum of treatment.

The AbbVie Foundation partnership is designed to focus on clearly defined populations, leveraging MAP’s past progress in Buruli ulcer, and relying on community health workers and established local partners.

Increasing the numbers of health professionals and others, including community health workers trained in BU control enables an increase in the number of cases detected and treated in the early stages: More than 70% of BU cases detected in 2011 and 2012 are early stages compared to 20% in 2008.

Since 2010, AbbVie Foundation (initially as Abbott Fund) has invested $580,000 in cash grants. In 2014 the partnership will expand to target three endemic districts and integrate mobile technology to improve surveillance, monitoring and evaluation, and patient care.

Summary of impact through December 2013 :

    • Trained more than 700 health professionals on Buruli Ulcer case management;
    • Trained nearly 3,000 teachers and community health workers in early case detection and prevention of disability.
    • 63% of new cases were detected in the early stage; almost a 50% increase in early detection compared to 2012
    • 97% of patients received adequate medical treatment


  • Map International

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    MAP International is a global Christian health organization that partners with people living in conditions of poverty to save lives and develop healthier families and communities....

  • AbbVie

    Service Providers
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    AbbVie is a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company formed in 2013 following separation from Abbott. AbbVie combines the focus and passion of a leading-edge biotech with the expertise...

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Key Information

LocationWest Africa, Cote d Ivoire
  • Start Date 2010