Status for the period January–February 2016
In 2016, zero cases have been reported to date.
During January–February 2016, 927 rumours were reported, of which 100% were investigated within 24 hours.
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 2015
In 2015, a total of 3 cases were reported from three villages (Akweramero Farm, Gop Fishing camp and Pugnido Refugee Camp (PRC) Agnuak) in two woredas in Gambella Region. All 3 cases were adult males; all cases were contained. A total of 8072 rumours were reported and investigated, of which more than 99% (8013) were investigated within 24 hours and 2 were confirmed as dracunculiasis cases.
In 2015, 68 382 communities were under active surveillance from 173 villages.