Second Anniversary of the Khartoum Call for Action on Mycetoma

This article collection is in recognition of the second anniversary of the Khartoum Call for Action on Mycetoma, which took place in February 2019. 

Mycetoma is a chronic disease usually of the foot, but any part of the body can be affected. Infection is most probably acquired by traumatic inoculation of certain fungi or ‎bacteria into the subcutaneous tissue. The disease commonly affects young adults in developing countries, with people of low socioeconomic status and manual workers such as agriculturalists, labourers and herdsmen being the worst affected.

Accurate data on its incidence and prevalence are not available. However, early detection and treatment are important to reduce morbidity and improve treatment outcomes.

Many of the current diagnostic tests and techniques are invasive, expensive, lengthy and have low specificity and sensitivity. Importantly, they are not available in endemic regions and, in most cases, people must spend hours – even days – travelling to reach the nearest provincial hospital where these facilities are accessible.

In April, we will publish a special issue covering mycetoma. To mark the second anniversary of the call to action, we highlight some of the articles, which will be included in this special, issue in this advanced collection.


A message of support

A message of support from RSTMH Chief Executive Tamar Ghosh on 15 February 2021, the second anniversary of the Khartoum Call for Action on Mycetoma.

Guest editors

Professor Ahmed Fahal and Professor Rod Hay

The special issue guest editors are:

Professor Ahmed Fahal
Ahmed Fahal is a Professor of Surgery at the University of Khartoum in Sudan and founding Director of the Mycetoma Research Centre, University of Khartoum and Mycetoma Control Programme, Ministry of Health, Sudan.

Professor Rod Hay
Rod Hay is Emeritus Professor of Cutaneous Infection, Kings College London and Dermatology, Queens University Belfast and a Consultant Dermatologist at the London Bridge Hospital.


> Mycetoma in Sudan: experience of the Mycetoma Project from 1968 to 1991

Elsheikh Mahgoub

> Mycetoma and the Community Dermatology Program, Mexico

Estrada Roberto, Chávez-López Guadalupe, Estrada-Chávez Guadalupe, Roderick Hay

> Mycetoma in Moshi, Tanzania

Daudi Mavura, Peter Chapa, Doriane Sabushimike, Lulyritha Kini, Roderick Hay

> Mycetoma caused by Microascus gracilis: a novel agent of human eumycetoma in Sudan

Najwa A Mhmoud, Emmanuel Edwar Siddig, Bertrand Nyuykonge, Sahar Mubarak Bakhiet, Wendy W J van de Sande, Ahmed Hassan Fahal

> Melanin production in coelomycetous agents of black grain eumycetoma

Wilson Lim, Florianne Parel, Sybren de Hoog, Annelies Verbon, Wendy W J van de Sande

> Research capacity building with mycetoma as the central research challenge

Gail Davey, Clare Callow, Melanie J Newport

> In vitro susceptibility testing for black grain eumycetoma causative agents

Wendy W J van de Sande

> Mycetoma imaging: the best practice

Mustafa Elnour Bahar, Osama E L Hadi Bakheet, Ahmed Hassan Fahal

> The use of traditional medicines among mycetoma patients

Ezzan Kunna, Taro Yamamoto, Ahmed Fahal

> The challenges of recruitment in clinical trials in developing countries: the Mycetoma Research Centre experience

Rowa Fathelrahman Omer, Eiman Siddig Ahmed, Buthyna Mamoun Ali, Hana E Alhaj, Sahar Mubarak Bakhiet, El Samani Wadaa Mohamed, Nathalie Strub-Wourgaft, Ahmed Hassan Fahal

> Multiple extensive Madurella mycetomatis eumycetoma lesions: a case report and review of the literature

Dania M Zaid, Osama E Bakheet, Eiman Siddig Ahmed, Fatima Abdalati, Najwa A Mhmoud, El Samani Wadaa Mohamed, Sahar Mubarak Bakhiet, Emmanuel Edwar Siddig, Ahmed Hassan Fahal

> Massive complicated secondary inguinal mycetoma: a case series

Eshraga Abakar Ezaldeen, Eiman Siddig Ahmed, Ahmed Hassan Fahal

> Metagenomics of black grains: new highlights in the understanding of eumycetoma

Antonella Santona, Najwa A Mhmoud, Emmanuel Edwar Siddig, Massimo Deligios, Maura Fiamma, Sahar Mubarak Bakhiet, Aleksandra Barac, Bianca Paglietti, Salvatore Rubino, Ahmed Hassan Fahal

> Actinomycetoma laboratory-based diagnosis: a mini-review

Emmanuel Edwar Siddig, Wendy W J van de Sande, Ahmed Hassan Fahal

> Human actinomycetoma caused by Actinomadura mexicana in Sudan: the first report

Emmanuel Edwar Siddig, Bertrand Nyuykonge, Mohammed Tayfour Ahmed, Rowa Hassan, Eiman Siddig Ahmed Saad, Najwa Adam Mhmoud, Sahar Mubarak Bakhiet, Wendy W J van de Sande, Ahmed Hassan Fahal

> Development of the Global Mycetoma Working Group

Rita M Traxler, Karlyn D Beer, David D Blaney, Wendy W J van de Sande, Ahmed H Fahal, Kingsley B Asiedu, William A Bower, Tom Chiller