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Uganda's successful Guinea Worm Eradication Program.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16837699     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Having begun its national Guinea Worm Eradication Program (UGWEP) in 1991 (1991 population, 16.6 million) with the third-highest number of cases reported by any endemic country, and ranked as the second-highest endemic country in the world in 1993, by 2004, Uganda celebrated its first full calendar year with no indigenous cases of the disease. Systematic interventions began in 1992 and were gradually intensified until the final indigenous case occurred in July 2003. The favorable concentration of most cases in relatively few northern districts of the country was partly offset by chronic insecurity in much of the endemic area and by repeated importations of cases from neighboring Sudan. Strong support and dedicated leadership by government officials and external partners were keys to this program's dramatic success. This program cost approximately US dollar 5.6 million.
John B Rwakimari; Donald R Hopkins; Ernesto Ruiz-Tiben
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene     Volume:  75     ISSN:  0002-9637     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg.     Publication Date:  2006 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-07-13     Completed Date:  2006-08-18     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370507     Medline TA:  Am J Trop Med Hyg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  3-8     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
National Malaria Control Programme, Ministry of Health, Entebbe, Uganda.
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MeSH Terms
Communicable Disease Control / economics,  methods*
Costs and Cost Analysis / economics
Dracunculiasis / epidemiology*,  prevention & control,  transmission
Dracunculus Nematode*
Insecticides / standards
International Agencies
National Health Programs / economics,  organization & administration,  standards*
Rural Population
Temefos / standards
Uganda / epidemiology
Water Supply*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Insecticides; 3383-96-8/Temefos
Comment In:
Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2006 Jul;75(1):1-2   [PMID:  16837698 ]

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