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Guinea worm wrap-up ; # 95, October 19, 1999
  • Published Date:
    October 19, 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:
    The annual Program Review of the Guinea Worm Eradication Programs of Ethiopia, Sudan and Uganda was held at the Nairobi Safari Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya on September 28th-30th. Over 60 persons attended, including delegations from Sudan, Ethiopia, and Uganda, as well as representatives of The Carter Center, UNICEF, CDC, WHO, and 20 (of the 22-25 involved) Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs). The meeting also heard a brief update of the status of surveillance for dracunculiasis in Kenya. Recommendations from the meeting for Ethiopia, Sudan and Uganda are given on pages 4 and 5.

    With 29,086 cases through July, Sudan has reported 64% of the global total of cases so far this year. The distribution of Sudanese cases reported in 1999 by state is summarized in Figure 1. This is an increase of 31% from the number of cases reported by Sudan for the same period of 1998. (The average rate of monthly reporting in Sudan was 36% in 1998 and 41% so far in 1999.) Although about 42% of households in 6,707 known endemic villages throughout Sudan have cloth filters, which are still in inadequate supply, only 18% of endemic villages have filters in 100% of their households. The status of all key interventions in Sudan is shown in Figure 2.

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