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Erschienen in: Journal of Medicine and the Person 2/2013

01.08.2013 | Issues in International Public Health

The eradication of Guinea Worm Disease: a possible global public health achievement

verfasst von: Filippo Ciantia, Thomas Odong, Nars Oyoo-Odoch

Erschienen in: Journal of Medicine and the Person | Ausgabe 2/2013

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Abstract

Guinea worm disease, classified as a neglected tropical disease, is one of the two diseases nearing eradication. When in 2015 the world’s leaders will evaluate the progresses toward the achievement of the MDGs, most likely both diseases will no longer affect humanity. GWD was eradicated in Uganda despite the country was plagued by poverty and civil unrest especially in the most affected northern regions. Keys to the success of the Uganda Guinea worm eradication programme were realist strategies of community involvement focusing on positive behavior changes. The role of motivated health workers played a crucial role, especially in understanding the lives of people and adapting culturally adequate health messages. The achievement of this public health success was based on a coordinated international support, effective national health policies, public-private partnerships, and local authorities’ involvement allowed.
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Metadaten
Titel
The eradication of Guinea Worm Disease: a possible global public health achievement
verfasst von
Filippo Ciantia
Thomas Odong
Nars Oyoo-Odoch
Publikationsdatum
01.08.2013
Verlag
Springer Milan
Erschienen in
Journal of Medicine and the Person / Ausgabe 2/2013
Print ISSN: 2035-9411
Elektronische ISSN: 2036-3877
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12682-012-0129-7