Status of Dracunculiasis eradication (guinea-worm disease)
For the first time, Ethiopia is hosting the meeting of the International Commission for the Certification of Dracunculiasis – ICCDE. This 13th ICCDE meeting is taking place on 25-26 April 2019 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Addis Ababa. As part of this meeting, WHO and the Ministry of Health, Ethiopia will brief journalists on the current status and challenges facing the global eradication programme.
• Dr Ren Minghui, WHO Assistant Director-General
• H.E. Dr Amir Aman, Federal Minister of Health of Ethiopia
‘Last mile’ challenges have emerged in endemic countries which require additional effort and resources to reach the target of eradication. Some of the challenges include: weak surveillance, particularly in cross border regions; inaccessibility to some endemic areas due to security reasons; and infection in animals, particularly dogs.
Thursday 25 April 2019 at 16:00 (East Africa Time) or GMT+3
WHO Conference Room, 1st floor,west wing, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Accredited journalists are invited to attend the Press Conference. In addition, one-to-one interviews can be arranged.
You can also join the Press Briefing on Guinea Worm Eradication Thursday 25 April 2019 at 16:00 (East Africa Time) or GMT+3 via WebEx
Meeting number (access code) 842 290 725
When it is time join the meeting
Join from a video system or application
Dial 842290725 [at] who-meeting.webex.com
You can also dial 184.108.40.206 and enterour meeting number
Join by phone
+44-203-478-5289 Call-in toll number(UK)
Selamwait Yilma +251 91 167 1134 yilmas [at] who.int
Dr Beyene Moges, Deputy Director-General, Ethiopian Public Health Institute,+251911247092, beyemoges [at] gmail.com
Dr. Zeyede Kebede, +251 91 174 6397, zelekez [at] who.int
Ashok Moloo, molooa [at] who.int, +41 79 540 50 86
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