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Guinea worm wrap-up ; # 161, April 10, 2006
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    April 10, 2006
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    WHO Collaborating Center for Research, Training and Eradication of Dracunculiasis. ; Emory University. Carter Center ; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)
  • Description:
    The Eleventh Meeting of Program Managers of Guinea Worm Eradication Programs convened in Niamey, Niger on March 29-31, 2006. This meeting of representatives of the nine remaining endemic countries occurred nearly twenty years after the delegates from 20 endemic countries met at the First African Regional Conference on Dracunculiasis Eradication in the same building, the Palais des Congres, in July 1986. The Niger minister of health, Dr. Ary Ibrahim, opened the meeting by noting the priority that the Government of Niger places on eradicating Guinea Worm disease. This meeting focused on the need to stop transmission quickly in the remaining endemic countries, which was signed by ministers of health from all the remaining endemic countries in may 2004, the participants recommended that

    • Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Togo and Nigeria should interrupt transmission of dracunculiasis by the end of 2006;

    • Ethiopia, Niger and Mali should stop transmission in 2006 or 2007;

    • Ghana should stop transmission in 2007 or 2008; and

    • Sudan should stop transmission by the end of 2009.

    The numbers of endemic cases reported in these nine countries annually in recent years are summarized in Figure 3 & 4, and the statistical data reported at this meeting are summarized in Table 3. Among the important highlights of this meeting was the progress reported in investigation of rumors and establishment of “rumor registers”, establishment of national committees to oversee pre-certification activities, and establishment of cash rewards for reporting of cases (Table 1). An example of a rumor investigation ledger used in Nigeria is shown in Table 6.

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