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Guinea worm wrap-up ; # 121, March 25, 2002
  • Published Date:
    March 25, 2002
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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:
    Representatives of all 13 remaining endemic countries convened in Khartoum, Sudan on March 4-7, 2002 for the 7 Meeting of Program Managers of Guinea Worm Eradication Programs. The Sudanese head of state, President Omar Al Bashir , presided over the resplendent Opening Ceremony, which also featured remarks by former United States President Jimmy Carter, from Nigerian head of state General (Dr.) Yakubu Gowon, and the Federal Minister of Health of Sudan, Dr. Ahmed Bilal. President Carter noted that there was no way to separate the suffering due to Guinea worm, AIDS, river blindness, or trachoma from that caused by conflict, and that Guinea worm disease cannot be eradicated without Peace in Sudan. President Bashir recalled the acceptance of President Carter’s proposal for the “Guinea Worm Cease- Fire” in 1995, and said the absence of stability and Peace are now the main obstacles to Guinea worm eradication in Sudan. After congratulating the countries that have already been certified as Guinea worm-free, and those still working hard to become so, President Bashir unveiled three commemorative postage stamps in honor of this milestone on the road to dracunculiasis eradication.

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