Observatoire de la lèpre en Afrique (OLA)

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1934 Bamako Mali


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 H-XD3021 - Coordination and Cooperation Organization for the Control of the Major Endemic Diseases 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.


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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Head Office. Scientific units (2): Epidemiology and Training; Experimental Leprosy.


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