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In 1996, India made history as the second nation to eradicate Guinea worm disease since the campaign began in 1986.

+Eradicating Guinea Worm Disease

Current Status: Transmission stopped, 1996
Certification of Dracunculiasis Elimination: 2000
Current Guinea worm case reports >

When India launched its Guinea worm eradication program in 1983, there were 44,818 cases of the disease reported from seven western states. The last known indigenous case was reported in July 1996 from the state of Rajasthan, and in 2000, the World Health Organization certified India as free of Guinea worm disease.

India was honored at a special ceremony at The Carter Center in Atlanta in 2000 for having stopped Guinea worm disease transmission.

Read more about the ceremony (PDF) >

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Size: 3,287,263 square kilometers

Population: 1,326,093,247

Population below poverty line: 21.9%

Life expectancy: 69.7 years

Ethnic groups: Indo-Aryan, Dravidian, Mongoloid, and others

Religions: Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Sikh, and others

Languages: Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Urdu, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Punjabi, Assamese, Maithili, and others

Source: U.S. Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook 2020 


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