Sustaining public awareness and community engagement crucial to interrupting dracunculiasis transmission


27 October 2015 | Geneva –– Only 15 cases reported during first eight months of 2015.

Advances are being made to interrupt transmission of dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease) in the remaining four endemic countries.

Surveillance systems in Chad, Ethiopia, Mali and South Sudan are working well but more needs to be done to promote awareness of the disease among affected and at-risk populations.

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January–August 2015

15cases compared with 75 cases for the same months in 2014

Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January–July 2015

Total number of cases in 2014

126cases reported during 2014, compared with 148 in 2013, a decrease of 15%

Analysis of situation and trends

Endemic countries in 2015

4endemic countries (Chad, Ethiopia, Mali and South Sudan) compared with 20 in 1990


A bilingual informative brochure providing a snapshot of progress in eradicating dracunculiasis
Guinea-worm disease Eradication: historic opportunity, new challenges, steadfast resolve

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