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.

Skeptic Oslerphile. PhD Student in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Past: 1) Public Health Scientist and Program Manager, Translational Global Health Policy Research Cell, Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. 2) Scientist, Indian Council of Medical Research, National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases; 3) Senior Research Associate, Public Health Foundation of India. Interests include: Emerging Infections, Public Health, Antimicrobial Resistance, One Health and Zoonoses, Diarrheal Diseases, Medical Education, Medical History, Open Access, Healthcare Social Media and Health2.0. Opinions are my own!

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