Multinational - Programme africain de lutte contre l’Onchocercose (APOC) Phase II

Project Summary

Approval Date 16 Oct 2002
Signature Date 16 May 2003
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2007
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Jun 2007
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Social
DAC Sector Code 12110
Commitment U.A 2,000,000
Status Completion

Project General Description

This project focuses on Phase II of the African Program for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC). The program will contribute to the reduction of onchocerciasis morbidity in endemic countries. It responds to the Bank's vision of poverty reduction and is consistent with the Bank's health and environmental policies. The success of Phase I prompted the international community to commit to continuing the fight against the disease in the 19 endemic African countries. Phase II of APOC will establish sustainable onchocerciasis control operations in African countries where the disease is still a major public health problem and an obstacle to socio-economic development. It comprises the following four components: (i) Ivermectin treatment under the Community Directive; (ii) Point elimination of the vector; (iii) Research and evaluation and (iv) Program Management. The total cost of this program, which will be implemented over a period of 9 years, is estimated at UA 85.00 million.

Project Objectives

The sector goal of the program is the elimination of onchocerciasis as a major public health problem and an obstacle to socio-economic development in the 14 countries concerned, the improvement of the well-being of its inhabitants and the reduction of the poverty. The specific objective of the program is to establish an effective, autonomous and sustainable community-directed Ivermectin treatment system in all endemic areas of the program's geographical area and to eliminate the vector in restricted foci using pesticides that do not have an adverse effect on ecosystems.


Beneficiaries are communities that are underserved by national health services due to lack of resources. These communities are also the poorest in the APOC area. 70 million people will be affected by the program and will participate in the fight against the disease. The population eligible for treatment is estimated at 59 million, of which the program has set a target of 50 million in 2010.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
World Health Organization


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-IB0-005
Last Update 26 Jan 2023


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Geographic Location

Country Multinational
Coordinates Location Name
6.5 -9.5 Liberia
10 8 Nigeria
7 21 Central African Republic
-3.5 30 Burundi
6 12.5 Cameroon
-2.5 23.5 DR Congo
-1.0 15.5 Republic of the Congo
15 19 Chad
9 39.5 Ethiopia
1.25 32.5 Uganda