Dracunculiasis

Certification

International Commission for the Certification of Dracunculiasis Eradication


In May 1995, the WHO Director-General established an International Commission for the Certification of Dracunculiasis Eradication to verify and confirm information from countries claiming the absence of indigenous dracunculiasis transmission.

The Commission has met nine times since its establishment in 1995. As of 6 December 2013, WHO certifies197 countries and territories, including 185 WHO Member States, as free of dracunculiasis transmission. These certified countries were endemic at the start of the eradication programme: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, India, Niger, Nigeria, Mauritania, Pakistan, Senegal, Togo, Uganda and Yemen.

GW in the news!

27 June 2013 | Geneva
Dracunculiasis (guinea worm disease): eradication without a drug or a vaccine, Phil Trans R Soc B 368: 20120146 (Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society)

©Sankara D. WHO/NTD<br />Treating patient with emerging worm in Ethiopia

23 May 2013 | Geneva
A bilingual informative brochure which provides a snapshot of progress being made in eradicating dracunculiasis
Winding up the Worm

Poster [5Mb] English | French