Status for the period January–April 2014
Zero cases have been reported since July 2013.
In Gambella Region, awareness was created using mobile vans in two refugee camps and in communities in Itang, Jikawo, Lare and Makuye woredas. Supervisory visits, advocacy meetings and micro-plannings were carried out in Abobo, Gog, Jikawo and Makuye woredas. During the awareness creation, 4 rumours of dracunculiasis were reported and investigated but were not found to be dracunculiasis.
In April 2014, the Ethiopian Dracunculiasis Eradication Programme (EDEP) and WHO supported activities in Gambella Region and Bench Maji Zone in Southern Nation Nationalities and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR).
In Bench Maji Zone, a 2-day training was conducted to sensitize 100 participants including health extension workers, district administrators and kebele leaders/chiefs from 21 kebele on case definitions, prevention, the cash reward system and reporting.
During January–March 2014, of the 539 rumours reported and investigated, 98% (529) were reported within 24 hours and none were found to be dracunculiasis.
The Ethiopian Dracunculiasis Eradication Programme offers a cash reward of Birr 1000 [about US$ 58] for voluntary reporting of dracunculiasis cases and for complying with the case containment measures. Please report to the nearest health facility.
Summary for 2013
A total of 7 cases from five villages in three woredas in Gambella Region were reported in 2013 from:
- Abobo Woreda, Gambella Region
- Batpoulo village (3 cases)
- Terchiru village (1 case)
- Umaha village (1 case)
- Itang Woreda
- Ojwom village (1 imported case from Abobo)
- Gog Woreda, Gambella Region
- PRC Agnuak refugee camp (1 case)
Five of the 7 cases are adult males. Of the 7 cases, 4 were contained. A total of 893 rumours were reported and investigated in 2013 of which more than 99% (891) were investigated within 24 hours and 6 were confirmed as dracunculiasis.
In 2013, 149 villages were under active village-based surveillance.