African countries come together to combat worm disease
Experts from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda convened in Entebbe, Uganda, to identify and discuss opportunities to strengthen cross-border interventions for guinea worm disease eradication.
Participants mapped a joint action plan for 2018 to strengthen surveillance, communication and coordination for guinea worm disease eradication. They further charted a strategy to strengthen cross-border surveillance among refugees to prevent the disease from spilling over to refugee host-communities. This is in line with the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa (WHOAFRO) campaign- final push, to stop transmission of guinea worm disease in Africa.
The Government of Uganda is committed to collaborating with Ethiopia, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo to attain guinea worm eradication. The World Health Assembly (WHA) resolutions calling for the eradication of guinea worm disease have seen the annual incidence of guinea worm disease drop from, 883,640 cases in 1989 to 25 cases in 2016 in Africa. Forty countries in Africa were certified for achieving uninterrupted indigenous transmission, while three others are awaiting certification.