African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC)

Transformation of the African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC) in 2016 into a new entity for neglected tropical diseases control in Africa


Since the beginning of year 2014, the African Programme for Onchocerciasis control (APOC) has been in a process of a two-year transition period before its transformation into a new entity that will support African countries for onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis elimination.
The new entity that will be launched in 2016 will also contribute to reinforcing the efforts made in the control of other preventive chemotherapy neglected tropical diseases (PC-NTDs). That is the main conclusion of the APOC Joint Action Forum held from 11th-13th December 2013 in Brazzaville, Congo.

Dr Lucien Manga is the new Chair of APOC Committee of Sponsoring Agencies

Dr Lucien Manga
Dr Lucien Manga

Appointed on 8 July 2014 by the Regional Director of WHO Office for Africa (WHO/AFRO), Dr Lucien Alexis Emmanuel Manga, a Cameroonian national, will from now on chair the sessions of the Committee of Sponsoring Agencies (CSA), a statutory body of the African Programme for Onchocerciasis control (APOC). He will replace Dr Chris Ngenda Mwikisa who is now the Manager of Corporate Services (MCS) and Acting Coordinator of the Director’s Office at the Programme Headquarters.

Upcoming EVENTS

39th Session of the Technical Consultative Committee (TCC)

08-12 September, 2014 / Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

APOC Review and Planning meeting

10 - 14 November 2014 / Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

20th Session of the Joint Action Forum

December 2014