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.

Year 2013 is over; it’s time now for taking stock


Like several other years before, year 2013 has been full of events and activities at the level of the World Health Organization (WHO), at the structural level as well as at the level of its entities among which is the African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC). Now, it’s December and it is customary for Managers to take stock at different levels.
Programme level: Dr Jean-Baptiste Roungou, Director of APOC « Distinction for year 2013. Challenges in 2014 are huge but we can make it! Happy New Year 2014!»

Upcoming EVENTS

144th Session of the Committee of Sponsoring Agencies (CSA)

26 - 28 February 2014 / Geneva

43rd Meeting of NGDO Coordination Group for Onchocerciasis elimination

08 - 09 March 2014 / Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

38th Session of the Technical Consultative Committee (TCC)

10-14 March, 2014 / Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

APOC Review and Planning meeting

17 - 22 March 2014 / Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

20th Session of the Joint Action Forum

December 2014

All JAF documents

APOC wins António Champalimaud Vision Award 2011

The magazine "15 years of APOC"

Map of the estimated prevalence of eye worm history in Africa


Yaoundé declaration

Yaoundé Declaration on Onchocercaisis Control in Africa

African ministers of health renew their commitment to eliminate onchocerciasis.

Contact us

Dr Roungou Jean Baptiste
Director, APOC
B.P. 549
Ouagadougou 01
Burkina Faso