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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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 Superseded 7-9 July 1987, Abuja, on adoption and signing of a Protocol at 10th meeting of Authority of Heads of State and Government of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), establishing West African Health Organization (WAHO) as a merger of 2 existing health institutions in the sub-region, OCCGE and 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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Research centres and institutes (10): Centre Muraz in Bobo-Dioulasso (Burkina Faso); Centre régional de recherches en alimentation et nutrition (CRAN) in Lomé (Togo); Observatoire de la lèpre en Afrique (OLA) in Bamako (Mali); Research Organization on African Alimentation and Nutrition (ORANA) in Dakar (Senegal); Centre régional de recherche entomologique (CRRE) in Cotonou (Benin); Institut de recherches sur la tuberculose et les infections respiratoires aiguës (IRTIRA) in Nouakchott (Mauritania); Pierre Richet Institute (IPR) in Bouaké (Côte d'Ivoire); Meningitis and Schistosomiasis Research Centre (CERMES) in Niamey (Niger); Epidemiology, Statistics and Health Information Systems Service (SESIS) in Bobo-Dioulasso. Efforts continue the tradition of transfrontier cooperation of Service autonome de la maladie de sommeil (SGAMS), Service général d'hygiène mobile et de prophylaxie (SGHMP) and Service commun de lutte contre les grandes endémies (SCLGE) of colonial times. The Système africain d'information sur les grandes endémies (SADIGE) is a project supported by IDRC within SESIS. OCCGE also: carries out missions on particular health problems (totalling over 700 to date); trains specialist nurses and doctors; runs training seminars; organizes technical conferences (annual), work-shops and international conferences. Particularly emphasizes recruitment and training of African research staff. Specialized institute: Institute for Tropical Ophthalmology in Africa (IOTA).


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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 15 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 10 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 9 countries
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Subjects *

  • Medicine
    • Pathology
    • Blood
    • Lungs, Throat
    • Urogenital System
    • Eyesight
    • Specific Diseases
    • Leprosy
  • Cybernetics
    • Control
  • Strategy
    • Coordination
  • Solidarity
    • Cooperation

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

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



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