Dracunculiasis eradication: eternal vigilance is the price of liberty


13 May 2016 | Geneva −− As human cases of dracunculiasis plummet, the International Commission for the Certification of Dracunculiasis Eradication (ICCDE) is considering the introduction of a global cash reward to speed up the certification of all countries. This includes those with no previous history of the disease.
During its 11th meeting, the ICCDE also considered the outcome of a scientific meeting convened by WHO to discuss D. medinensis infection in dogs.

Commission applauds historic decline in human cases of guinea-worm disease

WHO team during surveillance mission in a village, South Sudan.

30 March 2016 | Geneva −− The International Commission for the Certification of Dracunculiasis Eradication (ICCDE) has acknowledged the unprecedented decline in the number of dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease) cases as a ‘major public health achievement’.
In 2015, only 22 human cases, representing a remarkable 83% reduction, were reported to WHO, compared with 126 in 2014.
The Commission fully supported focused research aimed at resolving infections occurring in animals, particularly among dogs.

Dracunculiasis surveillance programmes respond strongly to rumours, while cases plummet

© A. Dimalucci

15 February 2016 | Geneva −− In 1986, an estimated 3.5 million cases were reported to WHO. In 1989, 15 out of endemic 20 countries1 reported 892 955 cases (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Togo, Uganda and Yemen).
Through the combined effort of affected countries’ National Guinea worm Eradication Programmes and different stakeholders including the The Carter Center, UNICEF World Health Organization and supported by many donors, the number of cases and affected countries reduced dramatically in 2015.

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January–February 2016

11 case compared with 1 case for the same months in 2015

Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January–February 2016

Total number of cases in 2015

22cases reported during 2015, compared with 126 in 2014, a decrease of 83%

Analysis of situation and trends

Endemic countries in 2016

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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