African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC)

Curriculum and training module on the community-directed intervention (CDI) strategy for faculties of medicine and health sciences (2nd edition)


Publication details

Number of pages: 27
Publication date: 2012
Languages: English



The communities, in partnership with health professionals, can manage the prevention and treatment of selected diseases that are prevalent in their environment. This has been confirmed by a multi-country study on community directed treatment with Ivermectin (CDTI) to control Onchocerciasis (river blindness). This strategy can be effectively and efficiently applied as a means of bringing multiple health interventions to the poorest communities, especially in remote areas. Such an approach is known under the generic name of Community Directed Intervention (CDI).

We are hopeful that this second edition which has taken in account inputs from numerous contributors will effectively contribute to the preparation and production of future generations of health personnel empowered to use the CDI strategy to scale up priority health interventions at community level.