African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC)

Status of onchocerciasis in APOC countries

More than 99% of all cases of onchocerciasis and onchocerciasis-related blindness are found in Africa. Onchocerciasis occurs in 30 African countries. Isolated foci also exist in Yemen, and six countries in central and South America.

By 2007 rapid epidemiological mapping of onchocerciasis (REMO) had been totally or largely completed in all APOC countries. The results of REMO enable the national onchocerciasis task forces (NOTFs) to put together national plans and project proposals for onchocerciasis control.

Rapid epidemiological mapping of onchocerciasis (REMO) in countries covered by APOC, 2008