29 May 2017 | Geneva −− The World Health Organization (WHO) has called on countries where dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease) is endemic to expand the treatment of all water bodies with the cyclopicide, temephos.
Application of temephos in surface water is known to kill the water fleas (cyclops) that carry the infective guinea-worm larvae.
WHO’s call comes as the world enters the “last mile” in eradicating the first parasitic disease of humans. Until the end of April, only four human cases have been reported to WHO. Full story
15 May 2017 | Geneva −− The decreasing number of dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease) infections in dogs in Chad indicates that enhanced control and surveillance measures, supported by a robust education campaign, are working.
The World Health Organization recommends that control measures should be combined with treatment using cyclopicide of all water bodies surrounding affected villages and neighbourhoods.
8 April 2017 | Brazaville | Geneva −− The World Health Organization (WHO) has added Togo to a growing list of countries that have recently eliminated lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem.
Togo becomes the first sub-Saharan country to have achieved this global target established by the 50th World Health Assembly.
30 March 2017 | Manila | Geneva −− The World Health Organization (WHO) today acknowledged the Republic of the Marshall Islands in eliminating lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem.
The success in the Marshall Islands comes as another needed example that elimination as a public health problem can be achieved – an important message for the 66 countries still working towards this goal.
11 January 2017| Geneva –– In 2016, a total of 25 human cases of dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease) were reported to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Mali – one of the four countries with 5 human cases in 2015 – has, for the first time, reported zero cases.
Planning, requesting medicines and reporting
Dracunculiasis: aggressive vector control to accelerate interruption of transmission
Chad reporting fewer dracunculiasis infections in dogs in 2017 than in 2016
WHO launches online data collection for leprosy
Togo: first country in sub-Saharan Africa to eliminate lymphatic filariasis
Upcoming events & meetings
Advisory Group on Deworming in Girls and Women of Reproductive Age
Informal Ministerial Meeting on Guinea-worm Eradication
WHO Guidelines Development Group for alternative mass drug administration (MDA) strategies to eliminate lymphatic filariasis (LF)
21st Meeting - WHO Alliance for Global Elimination of Trachoma by 2020 – GET 2020
Trachoma Scientific Informal Workshop
Most recent publications on PCT
Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January–March 2017
Crossing the Billion. Preventive chemotherapy for neglected tropical diseases
Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January–December 2016
Field use of molluscicides in schistosomiasis control programmes: an operational manual for programme managers