Dracunculiasis eradication

South Sudan

Status for the period January–August 2016

Sudan had reported zero cases for six consecutive months (from December 2015 to May 2016). South Sudan has reported 4 cases from 2 villages:

Warrab Region
  • Tonj East county
    • Rumchieth village (1 case)
Western Bhargazal
  • Jur River county
    • Angon village (3 cases)

Three of the four cases were contained.

From January to August 2016, 7837 rumours and suspected cases were reported; 98% of rumours were investigated within 24 hours.

Since 2014, a nationwide cash reward has been offered for the voluntary reporting of dracunculiasis cases. If you have seen a case of guinea-worm disease in South Sudan, please call 0021156443990/00211935201181/00211915179815 or report to the nearest health facility and get a reward of SPP 5000..

The details of the cash reward are as follows;

  • A person coming forward with a un-emerge guinea worm will received SSP 5,000.
  • A person coming forward with guinea worm that has already emerged from the person’s body or after the blister has ruptured will receive SSP 2,500
  • A person giving information that informs the programme about a case of guinea-worm disease will receive SSP 1000.

Summary for 2015

In 2015, a total of 5 new cases were reported from five villages in five counties, a 93% reduction compared with the 70 cases reported from 37 villages in four counties in 2014.

Of the 5 cases, 2 were reported to have been contained. Cases reported in South Sudan accounted for 23% of the global cases in 2015.

The cases were distributed as follows:

  • Eastern Equatoria State
    • Kapoeta East County (1 case)
  • Lakes State
    • Awerial County (1 case)
    • Yirol West County (1 case)
  • Warrab
    • Tonj East (1 case)
  • Western Bhargazal
    • Jur River (1 case)

A total of 10 060 rumours or suspected cases were reported during 2015, of which 98% were investigated within 24 hours and 3 were confirmed as dracunculiasis cases.

During 2015, 64% of non-endemic counties provided reports for 9 out of 12 months, even if zero cases were reported.

Most guinea-worm transmission occurs during the period June–September.


Last update:

7 October 2016 12:59 CEST