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Rehabilitation in Buruli Ulcer


The disabling effects of Buruli ulcer (BU) can be prevented or minimized when rehabilitation interventions are started early in the community and at all levels of health services. Rehabilitation includes interventions that prevent disabilities and improve function, mental well-being, and social inclusion. World Health Organization (WHO) concepts for disability, rehabilitation, and self-care are presented. The common causes of disability in BU are presented along with important early rehabilitation interventions. Rehabilitation involves task sharing and task shifting to include the persons affected, their family, health workers at all levels, rehabilitation specialists, assistive technology (AT), and other persons within the community. Monitoring and evaluation of health programs can assure early rehabilitation interventions are available, accessible, and acceptable across the continuum of care. Self-care practices and self-help groups empower the persons affected by BU and their family to obtain and sustain improved function and social inclusion.

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