13.11 Eradication of dracunculiasis

The Assembly will consider Document A64/20, a report from the Secretariat on the eradication of dracunculiasis (Guinea worm). 

PHM calls on affected member states to implement the actions in the resolution, in particular:

1.      work towards improving the living conditions in some of the forgotten places where guinea worm still spreads;

2.       work toward the provision of universal access to health care especially in guinea worm endemic communities;

3.       motivate health workers (especially disease control officers) to deal effectively with guinea worm;

4.       focus attention on sustaining gains in communities that have managed to eradicate guinea worm so as to prevent re-emergence.