Neglected tropical diseases

WHO beefs-up logistics to spur integrated control of neglected tropical diseases in Southern Sudan

15 July 2010 | Geneva

The World Health Organization (WHO) has donated 79 motorcycles and a host of other communications equipment to southern Sudan to help promote the integrated control and surveillance of all communicable diseases, including neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).

Out of this, 29 motorcycles earmarked for southern Sudan's Guinea-Worm Eradication Programme have been purchased from funding received from the Bill&Melinda Gates Foundation, through the Carter Center. This will provide surveillance officers with mobility to promptly access remote villages where most cases of guinea-worm transmission occur.

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The greatest concern in achieving interruption of guinea-worm transmission in southern Sudan over the past few years has been security of health-care workers.

Due to improved accessibility to remote areas, cases of guinea-worm disease have declined remarkably over the past 3 years, from 5815 in 2007 down to 2783 in 2009. And, from January to the end of May 2010, there have been just 501 reported cases of guinea-worm disease.

WHO has distributed 60 more motorcycles to officers of the southern Sudan Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response team. The aim is to consolidate the integrated control of all communicable diseases.

The 60 motorcycles, 350 bicycles and other communications equipment such as radio and satellite telephones have been purchased from funding received from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Southern Sudan is divided into 79 counties and 10 States.

Each county will be equipped with a medium and long range radio, also known as Cordan HF radio as well as with satellite phone devices that provide connection possibilities with remote villages.

Dracunculiasis is nearing eradication. For WHO, the priority now is heightened surveillance and case containment.
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