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Guinea worm wrap-up ; # 94, September 15, 1999
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    September 15, 1999
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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:
    Sharing a common border, the lesser-endemic Figure 1 nations of Benin and Togo are surrounded by the three Guinea worm heavyweights of West Africa: Nigeria, Ghana, and Burkina Faso (Figure 1). Guinea worm eradication officials from the two countries held a border meeting at Savalou in Benin’s Zou Department on September 9th-10th, led by Dr. Aristide Paraiso and Mr. K. Ignace Amegbo, the national program coordinators of Benin and Togo, respectively. The principal outcomes of the meeting were agreements to: 1) coordinate actions against dracunculiasis in the endemic sub-prefectures (Benin) and prefectures (Togo) along the Benin-Togo border; 2) adopt identical modalities for rewarding casepatients, informers, and village based health workers, including rewarding only local cases (not cases imported from the other country); 3) begin implementation of the reward system first in formerly endemic areas; 4) seek to obtain permission from both governments to allow free-access of program staff across the border to implement interventions against the disease; 5) identify all sources of drinking water used by the endemic communities along the border, all health posts, markets, and all other infrastructure that may be helpful to the programs; 6) organize two meetings during October 1999 ( one in Togo and one in Benin) to inform/ train all village volunteers and supervisors on both sies of the border on the system of rewards: 7) organize community mobilization days in both countries; 8) systematically treat all unsafe sources of drinking water along the border with Abate; and 9) regularly hold meetings between the staff of the two programs.

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