Dracunculiasis eradication


Status for the period January–August 2016

Mali has reported zero cases for eight consecutive months since January 2016.

From January to August 2016, 244 rumours were reported; 95% were investigated within 24 hours.

Four dogs infected with guinea worm disease were reported from four villages in Tominian district, Segou region. Only 3 of 4 infected dogs were contained.

Since 2002, a nationwide cash reward has been offered for the voluntary reporting of dracunculiasis cases. In 2014, the amount of the cash reward was increased from CFA 20 000 [about US$ 40] to CFA 50 000 [about US$ 100]. People are requested to report to the nearest health facility.

Summary for 2015

A total of 5 cases were reported in 2015 from three villages in three districts and three regions, compared with 40 cases from three villages in 2014.

The 5 cases were reported from the following villages: 3 cases from Tanzikratene village (Ansongo District, Gao Region), 1 case from Karabadaga village (Tominian District, Segou Region) and 1 case from Ingariatane village (Gourma Rharous District, Timbuktu Region).

40% of the cases were not contained including the last case reported from Nngariatane village. Of the 5 cases, 3 cases were detected within 24 hours and were contained,

Of the 5 cases, 3 were adult males, 1 was an adult female and 1 was a male child.

Tanzikratene village reported 3 cases in 2013 and 29 cases in 2014.

In 2015, 608 rumours were reported, of which more than 99% were investigated within 24 hours.

With the relative improvement of the security situation in the north of the country, the Malian Guinea Worm Eradication Programme is now taking steps to reinforce surveillance of the disease in those areas.


Last update:

7 October 2016 12:55 CEST