MAURITANIA: Using clean water to fight Guinea worm
ABIDJAN, 7 May 2001 (IRIN) - Mauritania’s water and energy minister, Kane Moustapha, on Saturday inaugurated a series of 204 projects to provide clean drinking water in regions heavily affected by dracunculiasis, PANA reported. The estimated cost of the projects is 3.5 billion ouguiyas (about US $14 million).
Dracunculiasis or Guinea worm is a debilitating disease spread by drinking contaminated water.
Mauritania is one of 13 countries where it is endemic, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). The others are Benin, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Sudan, Togo and Uganda.
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