Summary of Project Aims: To provide laboratory diagnostic confirmation of Buruli ulcer, Yaws and Leprosy suspected cases to the ANESVAD supported project to the Ghana Health Service aimed at fighting these CM-NTDs in 15 selected districts.

Progress so far: Harmonization workshop with two other reference laboratory, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research and the Department of Chemistry, University of Ghana has been held to develop a standardized laboratory manual for the project. Our group is also providing diagnostic support to 7 districts that are part of the ANESVAD support program to the Ghana Health Service. We have also engaged in a number of training and monitory activities in these districts to enhance active case search of community health workers and volunteers.

Expected Outcomes / Impact: Improve laboratory diagnosis of BU/yaws/leprosy through strengthening of national and selected district laboratories. Train a cohort of laboratory technicians and health workers to support activities of the National NTD program.