Setting up a national reference laboratory for Buruli ulcer: the case of Benin

Tropical Medicine & International Health : TM & IH
Dissou AffolabiFrançoise Portaels


To report the experience of Benin, where Buruli ulcer (BU) is endemic, in the implementation of diagnostic laboratory services. There has been a gradual introduction of biologic diagnostic activities for BU comprising (1) training of a laboratory technician in a highly experienced reference laboratory; (2) acquiring indispensable laboratory start-up materials; (3) progressive development of diagnostic laboratory activities; (4) regular external quality assessment with an experienced reference laboratory and (5) decentralization of activities to various clinical diagnostic and treatment centres for BU in Benin. Setting up a reference laboratory for BU is a continuous process, which necessitates motivated personnel and the cooperation of an experienced external reference laboratory.


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