A strategic overview of the future of onchocerciasis control in Africa
This report summarizes the reflections and recommendations of the Working Group on the Future of Onchocerciasis Control in Africa.
The Group made six key strategic recommendations relating to the future of onchocerciasis control in Africa:
- APOC’s main objective of establishing sustainable national onchocerciasis programmes in all countries where needed should be maintained and endorsed.
- APOC operations should be extended to 2015 to enable it to fulfill its original objectives.
- APOC should take on the additional objective of developing the evidence base to determine when and where ivermectin treatment can be stopped, and provide guidance to countries on how to prepare for and evaluate cessation of treatment.
- APOC should promote integration and co-implementation of interventions with CDTI to effectively provide multiple health benefits to large populations.
- APOC’s mandate should be extended to include all onchocerciasis endemic countries in Africa where the epidemiological situation requires sustainable CDTI.
- Financial planning and fundraising for onchocerciasis control should build on existing mechanisms and traditional donors but should also explore new funding opportunities particularly those offered in the context of NTDs.