African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC)

Non-Governmental Development Organization (NGDO) Coordination Group

Non-governmental development organizations (NGDOs) play a major and unique role within APOC. They are helping countries to achieve the goal of eliminating onchocerciasis as a public health and socio-economic problem by offering:

  • funding with technical support directly to projects
  • human resources
  • community infrastructure
  • programme experience.

The Non-Governmental Development Organization (NGDO) Coordination Group coordinates all activities by NGDOs involved in ivermectin distribution.

Non-governmental development organizations (NGDOs)

The principal task of NGDOs in countries is to collaborate with the ministries of health to establish community-directed treatment projects. NGDOs assist the ministries of health in delivering ivermectin to health facilities for the communities to collect. They also help to ensure that everyone eligible for treatment has access to the medication. In war-torn regions, this can be a particularly daunting task.

Other roles of NGDOs include:

  • assisting the ministries of health in preparing national plans and project proposals
  • providing technical expertise in training and supervision
  • assisting the health-care personnel with community mobilization
  • operational research and evaluation
  • co-financing programme activities
  • monitoring and reporting
  • encouraging and mentoring local NGOs in ivermectin treatment.

Members of the NGDO Coordination Group

The following NDGOs are members of the NGDO Coordination Group:

NGDO involvement in APOC

NGDOs tend to be independent and varied in their objectives and mode of operations. With this in mind, it is important that within the APOC structure, NGDOs:

  • work in partnership and with the agreement of the national ministries of health of the participating APOC countries
  • are members of the NGDO Coordination Group or NGDO coalitions within countries
  • have a proven track record in delivering effective community services
  • fulfill the criteria for local and international NGDOs involvement in onchocerciasis control programmes within a given country
  • provide financial support to community-directed treatment with ivermectin (CDTI) projects when the ministries of health fail to secure sufficient funding to support communities in the distribution of ivermectin.