Success in Africa: The Onchocerciasis Control Programme in West Africa 1974-2002
Nonserial Publication
World Health Organization
ISBN-13    9789241562270 ISBN-10    9241562277
Order Number    11500527   
Price    CHF    25.00 / US$    30.00 Developing countries:    CHF    12.50
English     2002        79   pages
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This publication brings together the experience of working with, and for, the Onchocerciasis Control Programme in West Africa (OCP), as recorded by many of those who, as staff members in Ouagadougou and in the field, contributed to the success of the Programme. Contributions were also made by several others who came in contact with OCP, members of the scientific and donor communities and representatives of the rural population who have benefited from the Programme. Bringing such disparate contributions together in a coherent story presents to the reader a lively account of what can be achieved in the field of public health development when all concerned work together towards a common goal. The book provides the reader with an understanding of river blindness as a disease and its impact not only in the field of health but also as an impediment to socioeconomic development. It describes how the Programme came about, how it implanted its structure and how it developed its activities over time. It depicts its gradually increasing success in bringing the disease under control to the extent that onchocerciasis today is no longer a disease of public health importance or an impediment to socioeconomic development in West Africa. During this travel through the history of OCP with its triumph and problem-solving, the views and experience of those who contributed to the book attach a personal flavour to the factual account.