Dracunculiasis

Certification

International Commission for the Certification of Dracunculiasis Eradication


In May 1995, the WHO Director-General established an International Commission for the Certification of Dracunculiasis Eradication to verify and confirm information from countries claiming the absence of indigenous dracunculiasis transmission.

The Commission has met nine times since its establishment in 1995. As of 6 December 2013, WHO certifies197 countries and territories, including 185 WHO Member States, as free of dracunculiasis transmission. These certified countries were endemic at the start of the eradication programme: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, India, Niger, Nigeria, Mauritania, Pakistan, Senegal, Togo, Uganda and Yemen.