South Sudan introduces cash reward to accelerate dracunculiasis eradication

© Paula Bronstein

11 April 2014 –– The South Sudan Guinea-Worm Eradication Programme has introduced a cash reward system to motivate people infected by dracunculiasis (also known as guinea-worm disease) to come forward and receive treatment free of charge.

This latest measure comes as the country reported zero cases from November 2013 to February 2014 as well as a historic low in the number of reported cases in 2013.

The cash reward will also compensate anyone who informs the health authorities about a genuine case of infection.

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Cases reported to WHO:
January– February 2014

2cases compared with 3 cases for the same period in 2013, a decrease of 33%

Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases January–December 2013

Total number of cases in 2013

148cases reported during 2013, compared with 542 in 2012, a decrease of 73%

Analysis of situation and trends

Endemic countries in 2013

4 countriesendemic countries (Chad, Ethiopia, Mali and South Sudan) compared with 20 in 1990


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