African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC)

Sustainability and ownership

With APOC’s mandate due to end in 2015, every effort is being made to ensure that the substantial investments and progress made towards eliminating onchocerciasis in Africa are sustained for the future.

By 2015, APOC aims to transfer full responsibility for onchocerciasis control to ministries of health, to encourage the ministries to provide ongoing financial support, and to encourage non-governmental development organizations (NGDOs) to continue to play their critical role. The goal is to establish country-led systems capable of eliminating onchocerciasis as a public health problem in all endemic countries in Africa.