Coordination and Cooperation Organization for the Control of the Major Endemic Diseases

Organisation de coordination et de coopération pour la lutte contre les grandes endémies (OCCGE)

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1960-04-25 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire


25 Apr 1960, Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire), at a ministerial conference on public health convening all French-speaking countries of West Africa. Initially inspired by the fight against sleeping-sickness but broadened to cover all major communicable diseases in the region. Took over responsibilities of the Institut Marchoux in 1962. Superseded 7-9 Jul 1987, Abuja, on adoption and signing of a Protocol at 10th meeting of Authority of Heads of State and Government of F-XD3462 - Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), establishing E-XE5978 - West African Health Organization (WAHO) as a merger of 2 existing health institutions in the sub-region, OCCGE and H-XD4575 - West African Health Community (WAHC). Decision of the 42nd Session of the Board of Directors led to scission of the organization into Observatoire de la lèpre en Afrique (OLA) and the Marchoux Hospital, 13 Mar 1998.


Promote cooperation among Member States and ensure coordination of their activities in favour of health development in the sub-region; establish and coordinate programmes for control and eradication of the major widespread endemic-epidemic diseases in Member States' territories - trypanosomiasis, leprosy, treponematosis, malaria, onchocercosis, bilharziasis, trachoma, tuberculosis, measles, etc; carry out the necessary studies, research and investigation to combat these diseases; awaken interest in and gain support of inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations to achieve these aims; provide documentation to the responsible departments of Member States.


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Board of Directors, consisting of Ministers for Public Health of Member States. President (one-year term); Vice-President; General Secretariat, headed by Secretary General. Scientific Board. Specialist Committees. Centres and Institutes (9) with their Management Councils.


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GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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