Onchocerciasis

This posting is regarding onchocerciasis, also known as African River Blindness. This presentation will give an overview of the disease including symptoms, causes, treatment, and prevention programs. This presentation is directed towards the African Medical Board as well as leaders from African villages.

Please click here to view the presentation and feel free to leave questions or comments.

Thank you,

Amanda Groeschel
Pubh 8165-3, Environmental Health
Walden University

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One Response

  1. Hi Amanda: I saw your presentation and I found it very informative for people living in those areas impacted by the disease. Regarding onchocerciasis control the 6th annual meeting of national task forces for onchocerciasis control was held at the headquarters of the African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC) from 26 to 31 October 2009. The meeting provided a forum for participants to share experiences of programme implementation and lessons learned and to discuss means of addressing challenges and weaknesses in order to improve programme performance. The Programme’s Director informed participants that 18 universities and nursing schools from 11 African countries had agreed to introduce the community-directed intervention strategy into their curricula to help broaden knowledge and expand the use of this strategy for multiple health interventions. The 2010 will be the “year of community engagement and remobilization”. This report describes treatment coverage achieved by countries in 2008, the challenges associated with community- directed treatment with ivermectin, and progress towards meeting the programme’s main objectives.

    Reference:

    (2010). African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control — report of the sixth meeting of national task forces, October 2009. Weekly Epidemiological Record, 85(4), 23-28. Retrieved from Academic Search Complete database.

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