African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC)

Programme africain de lutte contre l'onchocercose

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1996, within the framework of World Health Organization (WHO). Phase I: 1996-2001. Phase II: 2002-2007. Phasing Out Period: 2008-2010.


Eliminate onchocerciasis (river blindness) as a disease of public health and socio-economic development importance.

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Creation of 'National Onchocerciasis Task Force (NOTF)' at member country level; 'Rapid Epidemiological Mapping of Onchocerciasis (REMO)' in member countries so as to define areas eligible for community-directed treatment with ivermectin; assistance to NOTFs in developing national plans for onchocerciasis control and specific projects for ivermectin distribution and vector elimination activities; independent monitoring of APOC-financed ivermectin distribution projects; collection of base-line data for future assessment of entomo-epidemiological and socio-economic impact of APOC activities; coordination of national plans and projects in participating countries, leading to their approval by Committee of Sponsoring Agencies and ratification by Joint Action Forum (JAF). As of 2005, an expected 102 ivermectin distribution projects will be put in place in 16 of the participating countries. Sustainability evaluation of CDTI projects in their 3rd or 5th year to ascertain that they will be sustainable after APOC era. Organizes: 'Joint Action Forum'; meetings; seminars on specific subjects.


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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 15 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 19 countries
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Subjects *

  • Medicine
    • Pathology
    • Specific Diseases
  • Health Care
    • Health
  • Cybernetics
    • Control
  • Economics
    • Economic
  • Development
    • Development

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth



Last News Received

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

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