The conflict has resulted in a serious humanitarian crisis, with hundreds of thousands fleeing their homes.
24 January 2014 –– The political instability and insecurity prevailing in South Sudan can adversely impact national efforts to eradicate dracunculiasis, also known as guinea-worm disease. The conflict has displaced thousands of people disrupting planned activities by international organizations.
Despite the signing of a ceasefire between rivals, the main concern remains access to remote rural areas to detect new cases and implement surveillance measures.
South Sudan has made remarkable progress over the past 3 years, reducing dracunculiasis transmission from 521 cases in 2012 to 113 (provisional data) in 2013.
Cases reported to WHO: January–November 2013
146compared with 540 cases for the same period in 2012, a decrease of 73%Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases January–November 2013
Total number of cases in 2012
542cases reported during 2012, compared with 1058 in 2011, a decrease of 49%Analysis of situation and trends
Endemic countries in 2012
4 countriesendemic countries (Chad, Ethiopia, Mali and South Sudan) compared with 20 in 1990Certification