Status for the period January–May 2015
The first case for 2015 in Ethiopia was reported in Gop village, Abobo Woreda, Gambella Region. The case was detected within 24 hours and contained.
During January–May 2015, 2500 rumours were reported, of which 98% were investigated within 24 hours.
Since 1996, the Ethiopian Dracunculiasis Eradication Programme has offered a cash reward for voluntary reporting of dracunculiasis cases and for complying with the case containment measures. In 2014, the award was increased from Birr 1000 [about US$ 58] to Birr 2000 [about US$ 116]. People are requested to report to the nearest health facility.
Summary for 2014
During 2014, a total of 3 cases were reported from three villages (Bathor, Gambella Town and Wichini) in two woredas in Gambella Region. All 3 cases were males; 2 were children and both cases were contained. A total of 4288 rumours were reported and investigated, of which more than 91% (3901) were investigated within 24 hours and 2 were confirmed as dracunculiasis cases.
In 2014, 190 communities were under active surveillance.