Ahmed Tayeh

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The long time needed for global eradication of dracunculiasis (Guinea worm disease) was not anticipated at the outset. The successful eradication of smallpox in 10 years compares with the target date set in 1985 for dracunculiasis eradication - 1995. Seventeen years after that date, transmission continues. Why? Various factors are responsible, mainly lack(More)
As the global campaign for eradication of poliomyelitis encounters delays and difficulties (Fine & Griffiths 2007), some eyes are turning to the eradication of dracunculiasis (Guinea worm disease) as the ‘other’ prospect offering a potential high-profile success for public health in the next few years (Al-Awadi et al. 2007). Certainly, dracunculiasis(More)
This article documents the addition of 220 microsatellite marker loci to the Molecular Ecology Resources Database. Loci were developed for the following species: Allanblackia floribunda, Amblyraja radiata, Bactrocera cucurbitae, Brachycaudus helichrysi, Calopogonium mucunoides, Dissodactylus primitivus, Elodea canadensis, Ephydatia fluviatilis, Galapaganus(More)
Of the 20 countries where Guinea worm disease (dracunculiasis) had been endemic at the beginning of the eradication campaign in the mid-1980s, only 6 were still endemic in 2008, with the disease now focussed mainly in three countries: Ghana, Mali and Sudan (WHO 2009). Certification that the other 14 countries had interrupted transmission (six countries(More)
Dracunculiasis is a disease caused by a parasite transmitted through infected drinking water. The International Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Decade (1981-1990), provided a unique opportunity to eliminate the disease. The strategy of the eradication campaign was based on provision of safe drinking water supply, intensified case containment and health(More)
Guinea worm disease, dracunculiasis or dracontiasis, is an ancient disease with records going back over 4500 years, but until the beginning of the 20th century, little was known about its life cycle, particularly how humans became infected. In 1905, Robert Thomas Leiper was sent by the British colonial authorities to West Africa to investigate the spread of(More)
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