13 May 2016 | Geneva −− As human cases of dracunculiasis plummet, the International Commission for the Certification of Dracunculiasis Eradication (ICCDE) is considering the introduction of a global cash reward to speed up the certification of all countries. This includes those with no previous history of the disease.
During its 11th meeting, the ICCDE also considered the outcome of a scientific meeting convened by WHO to discuss D. medinensis infection in dogs.
30 March 2016 | Geneva −− The International Commission for the Certification of Dracunculiasis Eradication (ICCDE) has acknowledged the unprecedented decline in the number of dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease) cases as a ‘major public health achievement’.
In 2015, only 22 human cases, representing a remarkable 83% reduction, were reported to WHO, compared with 126 in 2014.
The Commission fully supported focused research aimed at resolving infections occurring in animals, particularly among dogs.
15 February 2016 | Geneva −− In 1986, an estimated 3.5 million cases were reported to WHO. In 1989, 15 out of endemic 20 countries1 reported 892 955 cases (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Togo, Uganda and Yemen).
Through the combined effort of affected countries’ National Guinea worm Eradication Programmes and different stakeholders including the The Carter Center, UNICEF World Health Organization and supported by many donors, the number of cases and affected countries reduced dramatically in 2015.
11 case compared with 1 case for the same months in 2015Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January–February 2016
Total number of cases in 2015
22cases reported during 2015, compared with 126 in 2014, a decrease of 83%Analysis of situation and trends
Endemic countries in 2016
4endemic countries (Chad, Ethiopia, Mali and South Sudan) compared with 20 in 1990Certification