What is Guinea worm disease?
After transmission is interrupted in individual countries, the WHO's International Commission for Certification of Dracunculiasis Eradication will send international certification teams to assess whether transmission of the disease continues or whether it has been stopped.
Depending on the outcome of the assessment, the commission recommends to WHO which formerly endemic countries should be declared free of transmission, i.e., certified as free of the disease.
Political will is needed at all levels to eradicate the disease in the remaining affected countries. Making national eradication programs work in remote rural areas requires enormous dedication and attention to detail by all supervisors charged with executing the campaign. Gaining the understanding and cooperation of the remaining affected communities is necessary in order to make Guinea worm disease a part of history.
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Guinea Worm Wrap Up: A Monthly Publication from The Carter Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Current and archived issues from 1983 to present, in English and French (PDF).
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