Infectious Diseases / Public Health

Guineaworm Disease: On the Cusp of Global Eradication

The Carter Center has released statistics of the dwindling numbers of guineaworm diseases in 2014. In 1991, there were 23,735 villages across 21 countries of Asia and Africa, that were endemic for guineaworm disease, and in 2014, this number has been drastically reduced to 30 villages in four countries: Chad, Ethiopia, Mali, South Sudan.

In 2014, South Sudan reported 70 cases, a whopping 56% of the cases reported overall, while Mali (40), Chad (13) and Ethiopia brought up the total to 126. Compared to the numbers of cases from South Sudan in 2006, there has been a 99% reduction in the number of Guineaworm cases reported.

The Carter Center, led by the ex-President of USA, Jimmy Carter, leads the global war against this neglected tropical disease.

In 2015, there has been a reduction by almost 70% in the number of cases when compared to the number reported in a similar time frame in 2014. Although more cases are expected to be added to the tally as the year progresses, still, this reduction represents a very encouraging pattern.

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