The Eradication of Drancunculiasis (Guinea Worm Disease) in Nigeria - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128167649

The Eradication of Drancunculiasis (Guinea Worm Disease) in Nigeria

1st Edition

An Eyewitness Account

Authors: Luke Edungbola
Paperback ISBN: 9780128167649
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st February 2019
Page Count: 216
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The Eradication of Drancunculiasis (Guinea Worm Disease) in Nigeria: An Eyewitness Account documents the experience adopted to eliminate a most ancestry, very debilitating very impoverishing and a most neglected public health challenges in Nigeria and globally.The key issues to success are total commitment by the three tiers of the Government, well developed and implemented eradication strategies, availability of human and material resources and collaboration with international partners.This title also highlighted the challenges of the eradication drive and the benefits of commitment, dedication perseverance, international support and multi-sectoral approach to tackling national problems. It demonstrates that several other endemic tropical diseases and conditions can be eliminated or controlled if a similar approach is adopted.

Key Features

  • Summarizes the status of the global campaign to eradicate dracunculiasis in Nigeria
  • Gives a comprehensive account of what Dracunculiasis is from the author’s earliest encounters and covers its: mode of transmission; Impact, virtually on all human endeavours in endemic areas; Association with ignorance, poverty and neglect; Ancestry; Historical account and trends in global epidemiology; Significance as professional symbol in medical sciences and World Health Organization; Justification, vulnerability and feasibility for eradication and its global eradication based on the Resolution and Strategies adopted by WHO and other UN agencies
  • Contains a comprehensive and very fascinating account of the eradication experience in Nigeria, (the most endemic country in the world at the onset) through multi-sectoral eradication strategy in collaboration with Global 2000-The Carter Center, UNs other NGOs


Academic and researchers in medical microbiology, parasitology, and tropical diseases and public health scientists

Table of Contents

1. My Earliest Encounters With Dracunculiasis (Guinea Worm Disease)
2. Guinea Worm and Guinea Worm Disease
3. History of Dracunculiasis (Guinea Worm Disease)
4. Other Notable International Records on Dracunculiasis By Date
5. Dracunculiasis in Nigeria (A Calendar of Some Major National Events)
6. Global Occurrences of Dracunculiasis
7. Impact of Dracunculiasis (Guinea Worm Disease)
8. Justifications and Feasibility of Dracunculiasis Elimination
9. Challenges of Dracunculiasis Elimination in Nigeria
10. The Stagnation Of Dracunculiasis Eradication In Nigeria (1996-1999): A Reality Or Mirage?
11. Nigerian Guinea Worm Eradication Programme (NIGEP): Evolution, Structure and Strategies
12. Phenomenal But Real: Thirteen Recountable Experiences During Dracunculiasis Eradication
13. In The Jaws of Death
14. The Unsung But Remarkable Roles of Stakeholders at the Grassroot in Dracunculiasis Eradication
15. Some Notable Events During Dracunculiasis Eradication:
16. Blessings of Challenging Circumstances During Dracunculiasis Elimination


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About the Author

Luke Edungbola

i. Forty years as a University Teacher in Medical and Public Health Parasitology, in the College of Health Sciences. ii. Professor of Medical and Public Health Parasitology at the College of Health Sciences, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, for 30 years. iii. Former Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration (2003-2005). iv. Former Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics (2005-2007). v. Senior Consultant and National Technical Adviser to Global 2000/ The Carter Center, for 20 years. vi. Short-term Consultant to WHO, UNICEF, UNDP, River Blindness Foundation, AFRICARE, VBC, Federal Ministry of Health. vii. A Leading Pioneer of Dracunculiasis Eradication and Onchocerciasis Control in Nigeria. viii. A Member of National Certification Committee for the Eradication of Guinea Worm Disease in Nigeria (2005-2013). ix. Editor-in-Chief of the Nigerian Journal of Parasitology (for 10 years) and Editor-in-Chief of Tropical Journal of Health Sciences (for 8 years). x. A Peer Reviewer for Several Journals and External Assessor for Promotion and Appointments to the Rank of Professor in Several Universities. xi. Published Journal Articles and Books Extensively on Dracunculiasis, Onchocerciasis, Schistosomiasis and Some Other Tropical Diseases.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, College Of Health Sciences,University Of Ilorin, Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria

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