Dracunculiasis eradication


1 January – 31 October 2016

One additional case was reported in September 2016, bringing the cumulative total to three human cases: one case each from three villages all in the Gambella region, Gog woreda (district):

Gambella region
  • Gog woreda
    • Olane village
    • PRC-Agnuak village
    • Kubri village

Two of the three cases were contained; all cases (one child and two adults) were males.

Ten infected dogs and two infected baboons were reported from six villages in Gog woreda. One infected dog reported in a village of Abobo woreda is said to have been imported from Gog woreda. Abobo and Gog Woreda are all in the Gambella region. Among the 11 infected dogs, seven were contained. A total of two infected dogs allegedly acquired their infection from another village, including the dog infection reported in Abobo woreda.

A total of 8414 rumours were reported, 99.8% of which 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]. Please call toll free number 8335 or report to the nearest health facility and get reward of Birr 2000 for confirmed case of guinea-worm disease. .

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.

Last update:

15 December 2016 11:59 CET