Regional targets


Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination: (WHA.50.29 LF elimination: 1997)

  • Reduce and ultimately interrupt transmission of LF in all endemic communities by means of (i) mass chemotherapy and (ii) vector control by 2015
  • Alleviate the suffering of people with overt disease such as elephantiasis and hydrocele by use of specific morbidity control tools by 2015 Soil Transmitted Helminthiases and Schistozomiasis: (WHA54.19 Schistosomiasis and STH control: 2001)
  • Provide regular anti-helminthic treatment to >75% of school-age children in endemic countries by the year 2010.
  • Ensure access to anti-helminthic drugs (praziquantel and broad-spectrum anti-helminthics), and good case management, in all health services.
  • Target other high risk groups (pre-school children, women of child-bearing age, occupational groups) through existing public health programmes and channels.
  • Promote and gradually improve access to safe water, sanitation and health education through intersectoral collaboration.

Leprosy: (Enhanced Global Strategy for leprosy control; SEA-GLP-2009.3)

  • Ensure timely diagnosis, proper management and rehabilitation of leprosy patients by 2015;
  • Further reduce the burden and sustain leprosy activities at national, intermediate and district levels in countries by 2015;
  • Strengthen partnership at Regional, National, Intermediate and District levels by 2015.

Buruli Ulcer: (WHA57.1 Buruli ulcer control ; 2004)

  • Confirm BU new endemic areas in the African Region by 2010
  • Improve BU case finding and management with antibiotic treatment, surgery, Prevention of Disabilities and rehabilitation by 2015
  • Research on BU control with priority to a fully oral antibiotic treatment and field rapid diagnostic texts by 2015

Human African trypanosomiasis (icon AFR/RC55/R3 HAT control : 2005) (65.03 kB) )

  • By 2010, at least 35% of HAT endemic countries in the African region will have a prevalence rate of 0.1 per 1,000 or less.
  • By 2012 targeted vector control interventions will have been implemented in epidemic and highly endemic areas (prevalence rates > 1 %)
  • By 2015, all known endemic countries will have a prevalence rate of less than 0.1 case per 1,000 persons at risk.

Dracunculiasis eradication : (WHA39.21 Guinea worm disease eradication: 1986)

  • Interrupt the transmission of the disease in the five remaining endemic countries by 2015
  • Ensure adequate surveillance for Guinea worm eradication surveillance
  • All eight countries in pre-certification situation are certified.