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.
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 1990Certification