Dracunculiasis eradication

South Sudan

1 January – 31 December 2017

South Sudan reported zero human cases compared with 6 cases for the same period in 2016. The country has been reporting zero cases for 13 consecutive months since its last indigenous case in November 2016.

Of the 23 379 rumours reported, 99% (23 176) 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..

  • 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 2016

Having reported zero human cases for six consecutive months (from 1 December 2015 to 31 May 2016), South Sudan reported six cases from four villages in 2016:

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

Of the 6 cases reported, 3 were contained.

From 1 January to 31 December 2016, of the total of 15 539 rumours and suspected cases reported, 97% were investigated within 24 hours.

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

Last update:

2 February 2018 17:10 CET