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5th Annual Meeting Picture

The network of Buruli ulcer PCR laboratories (BU-LABNET) in the WHO African Region concluded its fifth annual meeting held at the esteemed Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research in Accra, Ghana on 23–25 October 2023.

This meeting marked a pivotal milestone in the fight against Buruli ulcer and other skin-related neglected tropical diseases (skin NTDs) in the WHO African Region: the transition of the network from BU-LABNET to Skin NTD LABNET.

5th Annual Meeting Picture
5th Annual Meeting Picture

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EQA Program third round

The BU-LABNET has launched the third round external quality assessment (EQA) Program.

Proficiency testing samples were shipped through DHL to 17 participating laboratories. As of 28 July 2023, all the laboratories had received the panels and are currently testing them for result submission on the 30 August 2023.

The purpose of the EQA program is to assess laboratory performance for diagnosis of Buruli Ulcer through a centralized coordinating system within laboratories in the BU Lab Network.

EQA Program
EQA Program
Reinforcement equipment

In May 2023, the American Leprosy Missions donated real-time PCR equipment to 3 member laboratories of the BU-LABNET as part of capacity-building activities of the network.

These laboratories are:

  • Centre Pasteur du Cameroun;
  • St. Joseph Hospital Adazi, Anambra State, Nigeria;
  • Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale, Kinshasa, DR Congo.

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