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Guinea worm wrap-up ; # 111, April 13, 2001
  • Published Date:
    April 13, 2001
  • Language:
    English
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Details:
  • Corporate Authors:
    WHO Collaborating Center for Research, Training and Eradication of Dracunculiasis. ; Emory University. Carter Center ; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)
  • Series:
    Guinea worm wrap-up ; # 111
  • Document Type:
  • Description:
    6th meeting of national program coordinators convenes in Lome, Togo.

    About 200 participants convened at ECOWAS headquarters in Lome, Togo on March 26-29 for the Sixth Meeting of National Program Coordinators of Guinea Worm Eradication Programs. At the Opening Ceremony, Dr. Donald Hopkins, representative of The Carter Center, stressed the urgency of interrupting transmission of dracunculiasis in the remaining endemic countries outside of Sudan before financial support for that ends in December 2002. Former Nigerian head of state General (Dr.) Yakubu Gowon spoke of his advocacy for safe water and mobilization to engender attitudinal changes in affected Nigerians. He said it is incumbent on all to continue to help provide safe water to endemic communities. The minister of health, Professor K. Charles Agba, thanked WHO, UNICEF and The Carter Center, as well as former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, former Malian head of state General Amadou Toumani Toure, and General Gowon for their roles in the campaign. He reminded the audience that this is an eradication campaign, that the goal is within reach, and that we should not rest on our laurels. UNICEF’s resident representative to Togo, speaking on behalf of WHO and UNICEF, summarized the results of the campaign so far. A highlight of the ceremony was the singing of two rousing a capella Guinea worm anthems by members of Togo’s Guinea Worm Football Club. The National Program Coordinator of Togo’s program, Mr. K. Ignace Amegbo, and his staff had decorated the conference room with numerous examples of illustrations used for health education, and inspirational banners.

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