11 January 2017| Geneva –– In 2016, a total of 25 human cases of dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease) were reported to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Mali – one of the four countries with 5 human cases in 2015 – has, for the first time, reported zero cases.
occupational and recreational activities which expose
them to infested water. © Roland Buzzi
29 November 2016 | Geneva | Cairo −− The World Health Organization (WHO) will support Egypt in implementing a domestically funded US$ 10 million project aimed at eliminating schistosomiasis.
The project, spread out over five years, also involves snail control and the promotion of other public health interventions such as access to safe water, sanitation and health education.
25 November 2016 | Geneva –– An important meeting aimed at accelerating efforts towards achieving coverage of 75% of the world’s preschool-aged and school-aged children treated for intestinal parasitic worms and schistosomes (bilharzia) gets underway on Monday 28 November 2016.
Discussions will include finding ways to encourage the production of medicines; ensure their availability to meet growing demand; future plans to reach adult populations; and, the development of an appropriate methodology to verify interruption of transmission.
10 October 2016 | Manila | Geneva −− The World Health Organization (WHO) today congratulated four countries in its Western Pacific Region for having achieved the elimination of lymphatic filariasis (LF) as a public health problem.
It took over a decade of sustained efforts for Cambodia, Cook Islands, Niue and Vanuatu to overcome this debilitating disease. Along with Maldives and Sri Lanka (acknowledged earlier this year), these countries obtain this status after China (2007) and the Republic of Korea (2008), respectively.
Planning, requesting medicines and reporting
Public consultation of experts to join the Guideline Development Group (GDG) for alternative mass drug administration strategies to eliminate lymphatic filariasis
WHO calls for early detection, intensified efforts to eliminate leprosy
Dracunculiasis eradication: Mali reports zero cases in 2016
Dracunculiasis certification: evaluation missions assess readiness level in three countries
Upcoming events & meetings
Most recent publications on PCT
Field use of molluscicides in schistosomiasis control programmes: an operational manual for programme managers
Validation of elimination of lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem
Schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiases: number of people treated in 2015
Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January– October 2016