16 January 2015 | Geneva –– Ghana has become the latest country to be certified free of dracunculiasis (also known as guinea-worm disease).
The decision by the World Health Organization (WHO) follows a recommendation of the International Commission for the Certification of Dracunculiasis, which during its meeting of 14-15 January 2015, unanimously concluded interruption of transmission in Ghana.
Only four countries in Africa – Chad, Ethiopia, Mali and South Sudan – are currently reporting cases of dracunculiasis. For the whole of 2014, a total of 126 cases were reported to WHO, compared with 148 in 2013.
115cases compared with 139 cases for the same months in 2013, a decrease of 17%Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January–August 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
4endemic countries (Chad, Ethiopia, Mali and South Sudan) compared with 20 in 1990Certification