World health organization

10 facts on guinea-worm disease

Hand pumps are a source of safe drinking water

A successful eradication programme for guinea-worm disease comprises several preventive strategies such as: ensuring wider access to safe drinking-water supplies, filtration of drinking water to prevent infection, intense surveillance and control to detect every case within 24 hours of the emergence of the worm(s), treatment of ponds with the larvicide temephos that kills the water fleas and promoting health education and behaviour change.

© WHO. All rights reserved.