Observatoire de la lèpre en Afrique (OLA)

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History

1934, Bamako (Mali), as Central Institute of Leprosy in Occidental Africa -- Institut central de la lèpre de l'Afrique Occidentale Française, inaugurated 31 Jan 1935. This centre belonging to the French colonial health service was in charge of coordinating leprosy control in West Africa. Name changed to Marchoux Institute -- Institut Marchoux, 1945, and later became part of Coordination and Cooperation Organization for the Control of the Major Endemic Diseases (OCCGE) in 1962. Subsequently changed name to Observatoire de la lèpre en Afrique (OLA), 13 Mar 1998, following decision of 42nd Session of the Board of Directors of OCCGE leading to the scission of the organization into 2 entities, with the other entity being the Marchoux Hospital. Ceased to exist when consensus was made to retrocede OLA, the Marchoux Hospital and the National Programme of the Fight against Leprosy and form Centre national d'appui à la lutte contre la maladie (CNAM), 2001.

Aims

Coordinate the fight against leprosy, also referred to as Hansen's Disease, in the 8 member countries of OCCGE in West Africa.

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Activities

(1) Research essentially on leprosy endemic situation; (2) Sustainability to OCCGE Member States; (3) Training of health professionals on leprosy and dermatology; (4) Biology laboratory. The Institute also acts as World Health Organization collaborating centre for leprology and as expert for programme evaluation and planning.

Structure

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Languages

French.

Staff

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Financing

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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 3 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 2 non-governmental organizations.
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Members

Members in 11 countries
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Type II Classification

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Subjects *

  • Medicine
    • Pathology
    • Leprosy
  • Research, Standards
    • Inspection, Tests

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being

UIA Org ID

E0030

Last News Received

1. Jun 2004
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** UN SDGs are linked to the subject classification.

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