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Elimination of onchocerciasis

November 2011

Ten-year strategic fast tracking plan in Sightsavers supported countries 2011 – 2021

In 2010, Sightsavers Board of Trustees and Strategic Management Team (SMT) approved an approach to ‘fast track’ onchocerciasis, also known as river blindness, as one intervention that Sightsavers can have long lasting impact. The proof of principle of the elimination of transmission of the disease has been confirmed and most projects supported by Sightsavers have been approved that they can elimination potential.

Sightsavers is a leading player in onchocerciasis control in Africa. Confirmation of the proof of concept means our projects are able to progress from control to elimination, ensuring a lasting legacy of our support to onchocerciasis elimination.

This document outlines our current work: the potential for the elimination of transmission of the disease where feasible, tracks and approach to move from control to elimination, and provides a data set of information to those in the organisation working on or raising the funds for onchocerciasis.

This document has now been superseded by: Elimination of onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis 

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