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In June 2015, the South Sudan Ministry of Health announced that the Guinea Worm eradication program had gone seven consecutive months without reporting a confirmed case of the deadly disease.
The numbers of individuals afflicted by this disease has declined from 3.5 million cases in 1986 to only 25 cases in 2016, thanks to the Global Guinea worm eradication program [29].
An eradication programme was initiated in 1920s (Guinea Worm Eradication Program, GWEP) but it was seriously endorsed in 1980 and then in 1991 in the forty fourth World Health Assembly to finally eradicate the infection by the end of 1995.
The health ministers of all four countries attended or were represented at the annual informal meeting of countries with current or former endemic dracunculiasis during the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, in May 2016 and at the International Review Meeting for Guinea Worm Eradication Program Managers held at the Carter Center in March 2016.
In 2014, the 126 dracunculiasis cases reported through the global Guinea Worm Eradication Program were the lowest number ever reported, and reports from the first half of 2015 suggest that the total cases in 2015 might be even lower.
Mali's Guinea worm eradication program reported 11 indigenous cases in eight villages in 2013, an increase from the seven cases reported in 2012.
Since 1995, the Carter Center has worked to help reduce cases of Guinea worm disease in Sudan and South Sudan through its Guinea Worm Eradication Program. The Carter Center organized an observation team with more than 70 observers who monitored the 2010 election process in all 25 states in Sudan.
Mali's Guinea Worm Eradication Program reported four indigenous cases in 2012, which, in addition to three cases reported by Niger in September 2012 that were exported from Mali, represent a reduction of 42% from the 12 indigenous cases reported in 2011.
Uma June 22, 2010 (JUBA) -- The mass movement of pastoralists in search for pastures threatens efforts to eliminate Guinea worn in the semi-autonomous region, officials from Southern Sudan Guinea Worm Eradication Program (SSGWEP) have disclosed.
In 1986, the World Health Assembly (WHA) called for dracunculiasis elimination (1) and the Guinea Worm Eradication Program, supported by The Carter Center, World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), CDC, and other partners, was coalesced to assist ministries of health of endemic countries in meeting this goal.
Mali's Guinea Worm Eradication Program reported 57 indigenous cases in 2010, which was a reduction of 69% from the 186 indigenous cases reported in 2009.
During April-June 2010, two rumored dracunculiasis cases were reported to Chad's National Guinea Worm Eradication Program (NGWEP).