Neglected tropical diseases

Eradicating dracunculiasis: Angola confirms second human case, strengthens surveillance

14 March 2019 | Geneva -- A second human case of dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease) has been confirmed in a 48-year-old woman in Cunene province of southern Angola, after the country reported its first case in April 2018.
Angolan authorities are implementing heightened surveillance in anticipation of accelerated search in the area to which access is somewhat restricted.
Disease surveillance is also being increased along the border with Namibia.

Eradicating dracunculiasis: Ethiopia’s Gambela region announces new measures to stop transmission

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26 February 2019 | Geneva -- Health and rural development officials in the Gambela region of Ethiopia are determined to interrupt the transmission of dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease), including on "investment farm" where migrant workers are employed.
In 2017, an outbreak on a commercial farms resulted in 15 human cases.
Last year, Ethiopia reported zero human cases after decades of low-level transmission. However, 17 Dracunculus medinensis infections were reported in animals.

WHO data show unprecedented treatment coverage for bilharzia and intestinal worms

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14 December 2018 | Geneva -- It is likely that countries endemic for schistosomiasis (bilharzia) and soil-transmitted helminthiases (intestinal worms) will be able to treat 75% of school-aged children by 2020 – the target set by the NTD Roadmap developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2012. In 2017, almost 99 million people were treated.
This includes 81.1 million school-aged children, representing 68% coverage worldwide.
For intestinal worms, 598.1 million children were treated -188 million preschool-aged and 410.1 million school-aged children - representing 69% coverage worldwide.

Despite civil unrest, almost half a million Yemenis treated for onchocerciasis

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14 February 2019 | Geneva |Cairo | Sana’a −− Health-care workers in Yemen have defied the odds and distributed medicines to people at risk of onchocerciasis through a large-scale treatment campaign in 33 districts of the country’s eight governorates.
The three-day campaign, on 28–31 January 2019, was led by the Yemen Ministry of Public Health and the World Health Organization (WHO), with the support of the Expanded Special Project for Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (ESPEN) and financial assistance from various sources.