Guinea worm wrap-up ; # 92, July 14, 1999
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      Guinea worm wrap-up
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      The Federal Government of Nigeria has donated US$1 million to The Carter Center for Guinea worm eradication. The funds are to be used over the next two years to help complete eradication of dracunculiasis in Nigeria. The award was made at the request of former Nigerian Head of State, General Abdulsalam Abubakar and his successor, President Olusegun Obasanjo in response to an appeal by former United States President Jimmy Carter on behalf of Global 2000/The Carter Center.

      This award is the second such substantial funding provided by the Government of Nigeria for eradication of dracunculiasis. Ten years ago, then Nigerian Head of State General Ibrahim Babangida donated $1 million to the campaign during the International Donors Conference for Dracunculiasis Eradication, which was held in Lagos, Nigeria on July 31, 1989. The grant by the Government of Nigeria in 1989 is part of the approximately $9 million which was mobilized in 1988-1998 for the Nigerian Guinea Worm Eradication Program (NIGEP) by the Global 2000 Program of The Carter Center (not including costs associated with Resident Technical Advisors, who have provided full-time technical assistance to NIGEP since 1988). The 9 million dollars also includes over $1 million in vehicles donated by the Government of Japan in 1991, and more than $4 million of donated nylon filter material provided by the DuPont Corporation and Precision Fabrics Group. UNICEF and WHO have also provided major external assistance to the program during this period. With the recent involvement of former Nigerian Head of State General (Dr.) Yakubu Gowon in the campaign (see Wrap-Up #91), and provision of grants by the Embassy of Japan (see Wrap-Up #88), this additional funding by the Government of Nigeria will help to assure that village- based health workers in endemic villages receive the supervision and other support which they need in order to conduct active surveillance, contain cases, and stop transmission of dracunculiasis in Nigeria by the end of 2000.

      Nigeria has reported 4% fewer cases in June 1999 (1,420) as compared to June 1998 (1,484) (Table 1). Reductions of 24%, 38% and 56% in the Northeast, Southeast, and Southwest Zones were offset by an increase of 19% in cases in Northwest Zone in comparison with June 1998. Seventy-seven percent (77%) of this June’s cases were reportedly contained. Mr. Michael Kinzer and Ms. Holly Chaney , consultants provided by Global 2000, have arrived in Nigeria to assist the programs in Northwest and Northeast Zones, respectively, during their peak transmission seasons.

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