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India eradicates guinea worm disease.

Authors
  • Sharma, R
Type
Published Article
Journal
BMJ (Clinical research ed.)
Publication Date
Mar 11, 2000
Volume
320
Issue
7236
Pages
668–668
Identifiers
PMID: 10710568
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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Abstract

The WHO officially certifies India and other countries of the South East Asian regions as free of guinea worm disease. The eradication was made possible through the efforts of the Indian government to launch a national guinea worm eradication program in 1983-84, and a sustained campaign at the grass-roots level by agencies such as the UN International Children's Fund and the WHO in collaboration with the government. The recognition was based on the report gathered by three members of the 4th International Commission for Certification of Dracunculiasis Eradication, who visited India in November 1999 and conducted an investigation in 62 villages in 5 states where the disease had been endemic. Also, the national eradication program had been evaluated 7 times and showed remarkable achievement.

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