Milestones; Disease Elimination Success Stories
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Since the eradication of smallpox worldwide in 1979, there have been efforts to eradicate malaria, yellow fever and yaws. Despite these efforts being unsuccessful they have contributed to better understanding of the various complexities in disease control. Currently, efforts are being made to eradicate polio and guinea worm disease. Decreasing or stopping infectious diseases in their path has been the goal for many public health practitioners for many decades. In order to interrupt transmission of disease and or achieve elimination, there is need for strategies that will be able to stop the disease in its paths. These strategies should include commitment from governments, communities, as well as collaboration with other stakeholders both locally and within the region. In this chapter elimination strategies used for Guinea worm, river blindness and lymphatic filariasis will be outlined. Whether these strategies could also be applied to other skin diseases is something for consideration.
KeywordsElimination Eradication Interrupting transmission River blindness Onchocerciasis Guinea worm Malaria Turkmenistan La Reunion
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