Public Health in Action Series 1

The Onchocerciasis Control Programme in West Africa

An Example of Effective Public Health Management

April 1994
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  • Publisher
    World Health Organization
  • Published
    1st April 1994
  • ISBN 9789241561686
  • Language English
  • Pages 114 pp.
  • Size 8.25" x 11.75"

An analysis of the many factors that have contributed to the striking success of the Onchocerciasis Control Program in West Africa (OCP), a major public health initiative now entering its twenty-first year. Throughout its history, OCP has been distinguished by its large size, the complexity of its operations, the long time frame needed for success, and the degree of commitment required by donors and participating countries alike. The Program has also been distinguished by its explicit aim to eliminate a disease,which has been a major obstacle to socioeconomic development as well as a cause of great disability and suffering. In examining the Program's many successful features, the author, who has directed OCP since late 1980, draws upon extensive personal experience, supported by the results of several external evaluations, to show how international collaboration, careful planning, and well managed field operations can overcome what may seem to be insurmountable obstacles. Throughout this analysis, an effort is made to extract lessons useful in the management of other large public health programs. The book also gives careful attention to managerial principles that will be important when OCP ceases operation and participating countries take over responsibility for the surveillance and management of recrudescence. The book has two parts. Chapters in the first part give a detailed account of the history, structure, operation, and achievements of OCP. Part two, on the management of OCP, explains how sound budgeting, detailed plans, time-limited goals, task-focused training, and careful computation of costs worked to maintain well-organized operations and keep staff motivated and efficient

"... has wide implications for all large scale public health programmes ... provides invaluable guidelines and tips for avoiding pitfalls..."

- Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology

E.M. Samba

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