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African Program for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC)


imageAfrican Program for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC)The purpose of the APOC partnership is to establish, within a period of 12 to 15 years, effective and sustainable community-directed ivermectin treatment (CDTI) throughout the endemic areas in the 19 countries in the geographic scope of the Program, if possible, in selected and isolated foci to eradicate the vector by using environmentally safe methods. The attainment of this objective is expected to contribute towards the elimination of Onchocerciasis as a disease of public health and socio-economic importance throughout Africa and so contribute to improving the welfare of its people. Countries concerned include: Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigerian, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda.  The APOC is cosponsored by UN agencies, Non Governmental Development Organizations (NGDOs) coalition, and Merck & Co, Inc through the Mectizan Donation Program.  The NGDO Coalition coordinates activities of NGDOs.  The Bank serves as the Fiscal Agent.

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Ousmane Bangoura
African Program for Onchocerciasis Control
The World Bank
1818 H Street, NW, Washington, DC 20433