Dracunculiasis eradication

Dracunculiasis eradication: South Sudan claims interruption of transmission in humans

Dr Riek Gai Kok, Minister of Health, announcing end of transmission
of Guinea-worm disease in South Sudan

21 March 2018 |Geneva| Atlanta–– South Sudan has announced success in interrupting transmission of dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease) in humans – more than 12 years after becoming the last country to implement the global dracunculiasis eradication programme.

The Carter Center, WHO’s main partner in dracunculiasis eradication efforts, has led activities to eradicate the disease since 1986, along with the United Nations Children’s Fund and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Eradicating dracunculiasis: WHO certifies Kenya as South Sudan and Mali continue to report zero human cases

©WHO/Farah Agua

2 March 2018 | Geneva −− WHO has certified Kenya free of dracunculiasis transmission – a milestone dedicated to decades of hard work by health workers and volunteers.

Kenya becomes the 187th WHO Member state free of this disease since the eradication campaign started in the 1980s.

WHO has also congratulated Mali and South Sudan for continuing to report zero human cases. In 2017, there were only 30 human cases reported – 15 each from Chad and Ethiopia.

Guinea-worm disease: International Certification Team evaluates Kenya’s elimination claim


6 December 2017 | Geneva | Nairobi –– An International Certification Team (ICT) is currently in Kenya to assess the elimination of dracunculiasis (commonly known as guinea-worm disease) in the country. The team, led by Dr Joel Breman – a veteran epidemiologist and global health expert – comprises local and international experts.

The evaluation mission will last 2 weeks during which time sub-teams will examine documented details of past cases and rumours in various regions of the country.

WHO welcomes new funding to accelerate demise of neglected tropical diseases

©Emirates News Agency

16 November 2017 | Geneva –– The World Health Organization (WHO) has welcomed the launch of a US$100 million dollar fund to accelerate the elimination of two devastating infectious neglected tropical diseases diseases – onchocerciasis (river blindness) and lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis).

The announcement was made during the Reaching the Last Mile: mobilizing together to eliminate infectious disease held in Abu Dhabi on 15 November, which focused on the eradication of two diseases – polio and Guinea worm disease.

Eradicating dracunculiasis: Chad intensifies national campaign as ninth human case is confirmed

©WHO/F. Agum. Treating water bodies with temephos (cyclopicide)
is part of measures to control and eliminate dracunculiasis in Chad.

6 September 2017 | Geneva −− Chad - the only country which has reported human cases of guinea-worm disease so far this year - has launched a national campaign to accelerate the prompt detection and containment of all cases. ‘Heroes of Guinea-worm campaign’ aims to speed up reporting of all humans and animals infected with Dracunculiasis medinensis (the Guinea worm).

From 1 January to 31 July 2017, all nine human cases have occurred in Chad.

Member States certified dracunculiasis free. See Certification


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