23 May 2014 –– The atmosphere was that of optimism. A sense of jubilation pervaded the rather official setting of Room XXII at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
“I’ve never seen an informal dracunculiasis meeting which is so packed,” said Dr Alhousseini Maiga, Regional Advisor for dracunculiasis eradication in Africa and focal point for neglected tropical diseases in West Africa, who retires from WHO this year after 25 years.
The poster outside the meeting room set the tone.
Cases reported to WHO:
11cases compared with 36 cases for the same months in 2013, a decrease of 75%Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January–April 2014
Total number of cases in 2013
148cases reported during 2013, compared with 542 in 2012, a decrease of 73%Analysis of situation and trends
Endemic countries in 2014
4 countriesendemic countries (Chad, Ethiopia, Mali and South Sudan) compared with 20 in 1990Certification