Status for the period January–March 2015
Zero cases were reported in Mali in 2015. The last dracunculiasis cases were reported in November 2014.
During January–March 2015, 56 rumours were reported and all were investigated within 24 hours.
Since 2002, a nationwide cash reward has been offered for the voluntary reporting of dracunculiasis cases. In 2014, the amount of the cash reward was increased from CFA 20 000 [about US$ 40] to CFA 50 000 [about US$ 100]. People are requested to report to the nearest health facility.
Summary for 2014
During 2014, a total of 40 cases were reported from three villages compared with 7 cases from fives villages in 2013. The 40 cases were reported from the following villages: 29 from Tanzikeratene village (Ansongo District, Gao Region), 10 from Nanguaye village (Ghourma Rharous, Timbuktu Region) and 1 from Fion village (Tominian district of Segou Region). Of the 40 cases, 35 cases were detected within 24 hours and were contained; the remaining 5 cases were not detected within 24 hours and 3 are known to have contaminated local water sources.
Of the 40 cases, 14 were adult females, 12 were adult males and 9 were male children. A total of 35 cases (88%) were contained.
Tanzikratene village reported 3 cases in 2013, of which 2 were contained. Nanguaye village reported a case in 2013, which was reported to have been contained. Fion village reported zero cases in 2013.
During 2014, a total of 151 rumours were reported, of which 98% were investigated within 24 hours.
With the relative improvement of the security situation in the north of the country, the Malian Guinea Worm Eradication Programme is now taking steps to reinforce surveillance of the disease in those areas.