Dracunculiasis

Ethiopia

Status for the period January–November 2015

Zero cases reported for the month of November 2015. A total of three cases were reported in Ethiopia, one case each from Gop Fishing Area, Abobo Woreda, Gambella Region (in May), Pugnido Refugee Camp Agnuak, Gog Woreda (in August), and Akweromero Farm, Gog Woreda (in October) Gambella Region in Ethiopia. All the cases were detected within 24 hours and contained.

During January–November 2015, 7405 rumours were reported, of which 99% were investigated within 24 hours.

2-day training on case definitions, prevention, the cash reward system and reporting, Ethiopia 2014

Since 1996, the Ethiopian Dracunculiasis Eradication Programme has offered a cash reward for voluntary reporting of dracunculiasis cases and for complying with the case containment measures. In 2014, the award was increased from Birr 1000 [about US$ 58] to Birr 2000 [about US$ 116]. People are requested to report to the nearest health facility.

Summary for 2014

During 2014, a total of 3 cases were reported from three villages (Bathor, Gambella Town and Wichini) in two woredas in Gambella Region. All 3 cases were males; 2 were children and both cases were contained. A total of 4288 rumours were reported and investigated, of which more than 91% (3901) were investigated within 24 hours and 2 were confirmed as dracunculiasis cases.

In 2014, 190 communities were under active surveillance.

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Last update:

18 January 2016 11:58 CET