contact us

Efforts to Eradicate Drancunculiasis from Ethiopia is Well Underway [NEW MAY 3,2016]

Though a number of rumors were reported and verified in level I and II of Gambella and SNNP regions, no new case is registered since last December 2015 which was detected in Gog districts of Gambella region. The Ethiopian Drancunculiasis Eradication Programme (EDEP) is being carried out properly and various programme supports are being provided.
According to the EDEP coordinators trainings were provided in both level I and II districts of Gambella and SNNP regions. Base line assessment and mapping of the villages in two districts (Surma and Nyangatom) of SNNPR and two districts (Dima and Mengesh) of Gambella region was conducted.
There is an organized national coordination team comprising six staffs and also office construction is completed for the team by the support from The Carter Center Ethiopia. The office will be inaugurated on May 04/2016. Full time hotline operator is assigned and is handling rumors from different parts of the country.  And updates on Guinea worm are incorporated to the weekly Public Health Emergency Management (PHEM) bulletin to be shared with all relevant bodies.
The technical working group meets monthly and the previous meeting was held on March 31, 2016 in Gambella town and the regional quarterly review meeting was held from March 28 to 31, 2016 in Metu. During these meetings the achievements, gaps and challenges for the last three months were reviewed and recommendations and the way forwards were developed by the participants from the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI), Gambella Regional Health Bureau (GRHB), Zonal and district levels.
In order to update and inform the public the first press conference was conducted at the Federal Ministry of Health on April 18, 2016. Participants of the press conference were Director General of EPHI Dr. Amha Kebede, GWEP national coordinator Amanu Shifara, TCC country representative Dr. Zerihun Tadesse, WHO representative Dr. Zeyede Kebede and World Laurite; Good will Amabassador of GWEP Dr. Tibebe Yemaneh.
In addition a joint supportive supervision was conducted by a team drawn from EPHI, GRHB, The Carter Center and WHO between April 10 to 16,2016 in Abobo, Gog, Itang refugee camps, Lare and Aboul districts in Gambella region.
Routine activities towards interrupting the disease and awareness raisings are ongoing on both endemic and non endemic districts.

Updates Dracunculiasis Eradication Program in Ethiopia As of February 2016

  • No new human and animal cases reported for the month, routine activities like monthly Abate chemical application and follow up is going on.
  • Training is being provided in Nyangatom and Surma woreda of SNNPR since February 12, 2016.
  • National Technical Working group meeting was held in EPHI on January 29, 2016.
  • Regional Technical Working group met in GRHB in January 2016.
  • NTD Review meeting by FMoH on February 08 – 09, 2016 was attended, GWEP performance was reviewed and directions were given by the participants.

 

Updates of Dracunculiasis Eradication Program in Ethiopia as of December 2015

 

  • The 20th National Annual Review Meeting of Ethiopian Dracunculiasis Eradication program was conducted between 14 to 15, 2015, at Gambella town, in Gambella Regional State.
  • In the review meeting the level of implementation of the previous plan was evaluated woreda by woreda and the national plan of action for 2016 was reviewed.
  • During the review meeting presentation, 3 human, 13 dogs and 1 baboon cases were detected and reported in the year 2015.
  • Two human cases from Gog district and 1 human case from Abobo district of Gambella Regional State were reported.
  • All human cases directly or indirectly were detected from Akuweremero village, Janjor kebele of Gog district.
  • All human cases were contained and well managed after admitted them in the case containment center.
  • Reports confirmed that from the year 2008 to 2015, the annual number of new Dracunculiasis cases and villages reported cases have declined significantly.
  • Report shows that the intervention majors are being ongoing at the area of risk villages.
  • All villages with cases and at high risk villages are under monthly abate chemical application for every 28 days.
  • Cloth and Pipe filters distribution is 3:1 ( average filter per house hold) for all villages reporting cases.
  • Follow up and reporting of any findings or zero report will be conducted on daily bases in all areas of risk villages.
  • The Ethiopian Public Health Institute reaffirmed the commitment of the Ethiopian Government and the Institute to break the transmission of Guinea Worm Disease by the Year 2016 from Gambella Region.
  • Free Hot line is in place to receive reports from any person and 2000.00 Eth. birr award is ready for reporter and 1000.00 Eth. birr award is ready for patient. In this regard if anyone needs any information they can use:


Free hotline 8335 or
Mobile: +251 0917667951, +251 0911453054,
Office: +251 0112765340, +251 0112133499

Efforts to Eradicate Drancunculiasis from Ethiopia is Well Underway
Though a number of rumors were reported and verified in level I and II of Gambella and SNNP regions, no new case is registered since last December 2015 which was detected in Gog districts of Gambella region. The Ethiopian Drancunculiasis Eradication Programme (EDEP) is being carried out properly and various programme supports are being provided.
According to the EDEP coordinators trainings were provided in both level I and II districts of Gambella and SNNP regions. Base line assessment and mapping of the villages in two districts (Surma and Nyangatom) of SNNPR and two districts (Dima and Mengesh) of Gambella region was conducted.
There is an organized national coordination team comprising six staffs and also office construction is completed for the team by the support from The Carter Center Ethiopia. The office will be inaugurated on May 04/2016. Full time hotline operator is assigned and is handling rumors from different parts of the country.  And updates on Guinea worm are incorporated to the weekly Public Health Emergency Management (PHEM) bulletin to be shared with all relevant bodies.
The technical working group meets monthly and the previous meeting was held on March 31, 2016 in Gambella town and the regional quarterly review meeting was held from March 28 to 31, 2016 in Metu. During these meetings the achievements, gaps and challenges for the last three months were reviewed and recommendations and the way forwards were developed by the participants from the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI), Gambella Regional Health Bureau (GRHB), Zonal and district levels.
In order to update and inform the public the first press conference was conducted at the Federal Ministry of Health on April 18, 2016. Participants of the press conference were Director General of EPHI Dr. Amha Kebede, GWEP national coordinator Amanu Shifara, TCC country representative Dr. Zerihun Tadesse, WHO representative Dr. Zeyede Kebede and World Laurite; Good will Amabassador of GWEP Dr. Tibebe Yemaneh.
In addition a joint supportive supervision was conducted by a team drawn from EPHI, GRHB, The Carter Center and WHO between April 10 to 16,2016 in Abobo, Gog, Itang refugee camps, Lare and Aboul districts in Gambella region.
Routine activities towards interrupting the disease and awareness raisings are ongoing on both endemic and non endemic districts.