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River Blindness Elimination Program – Program Reports

 

Each year, the Carter Center's River Blindness Elimination Program hosts a program review at The Carter Center in Atlanta. The reviews are modeled after those developed for the national Guinea Worm Eradication Programs by the health programs of The Carter Center, and by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, beginning in Pakistan in 1988. The primary purpose of the reviews is to assess the status of each country program and to determine impediments and problems in program implementation.

Each country program is outlined with presentations with discussions focused on treatment and training activities, annual and ultimate treatment goals, health education, sustainability issues, Mectizan® security, epidemiological assessment activities, operations research, and administrative issues. Key aspects of the program reviews, supplemented by updated treatment data provided following the meetings, are summarized in these reports as are recommendations for the Center's River Blindness Elimination Program actions for the following year.

 

Oct. 15, 2013
Summary: 2012 Program Review for The Lions-Carter Center SightFirst River Blindness Programs (PDF)
Held at The Carter Center in Atlanta on March 5 – 7, 2013, for programs in Ethiopia, Nigeria, Sudan, Uganda and Latin America.

 

Sept. 21, 2012
Summary: 2011 Program Review for The Lions-Carter Center SightFirst (PDF)
Held at The Carter Center in Atlanta on Feb. 21 – Feb. 23, 2012, for programs in Cameroon, Ethiopia, Nigeria, OEPA, Sudan, and Uganda.

 

Aug. 28, 2012
Insight Special Newsletter: Proceedings of Uganda Onchocerciasis Elimination Expert Advisory Committee, 2011, 4th Session (PDF)
Uganda Onchocerciasis Elimination Expert Advisory Committee (UOEEAC) in 2011 had its fourth session from Aug. 15–17. The host hospitality facility was Serena Hotel of Kampala, Uganda. The committee's task is to provide technical advice to the Ministry of Health on the elimination of onchocerciasis in Uganda.

 

Sept. 16, 2011
InterAmerican Conference on Onchocerciasis, 2010: Progress Towards Eliminating River Blindness in the WHO Region of the Americas (PDF)
Published in the World Health Organization's Weekly Epidemiological Record, Sept. 16, 2011, 86th year, No. 38, 2011, 86, 417–424.
Onchocerciasis is a leading infectious cause of skin disease and blindness, particularly in Africa but also in 6 countries in the WHO Region of the Americas, and in Yemen. It is caused by Onchocerca volvulus, a parasitic worm which becomes encapsulated in fibrous tissue to form palpable subcutaneous nodules.

 

Sept. 1, 2011
Summary 2010 Program Review for The Lions-Carter Center SightFirst (PDF)
Held at The Carter Center in Atlanta on Feb. 28 – March 2, 2011, for programs in Cameroon, Ethiopia, Nigeria, OEPA, Sudan, and Uganda.

 

July 1, 2011
Guidelines for Certification of Onchocerciasis Elimination in Uganda (PDF)
This Uganda Ministry of Health document has been developed in partnership with all stakeholders involved in the control and elimination of onchocerciasis in Uganda.

 

01 de Mayo 2011
Oncocercosis – Endemia Rural De Los Rios Que Ciega  (PDF)
Autor: Andrés Martín Tellaeche (Publicado con permiso). English translation: May 1, 2011; Onchocerciasis – A Blinding Disease Found Near Rivers in Rural Areas: A detailed history of the Mexican Onchocerciasis Program; Author: Andrés Martín Tellaeche (Posted with permission).

 

Oct. 1, 2010
Summary 2009 Program Review for The Lions-Carter Center SightFirst River Blindness Programs (PDF)
Held at The Carter Center in Atlanta on March 23-25, 2010, for programs in Cameroon, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Americas, Sudan, and Uganda.

 

Aug. 13, 2010
Report from the 2009 Inter-American Conference on Onchocerciasis: progress towards eliminating river blindness in the Region of the Americas (PDF)
Published in Weekly Epidemiological Record, No. 33, 2010, 85, 321–328. © World Health Organization. The 19th annual conference was held in Río de Janeiro, Brazil, in November 2009; the conference sought to address the unfinished elimination agenda.

 

Sept. 18, 2009
Report from the Eighteenth InterAmerican Conference on Onchocerciasis (PDF)
Published in the World Health Organization's Weekly Epidemiological Record, No. 38, 2009, 84, 385–396. © World Health Organization. River Blindness Report, presented to the InterAmerican Conference on Onchocerciasis in Oaxaca, Mexico, on Nov. 12–14, 2008.

 

16 Noviembre 2009
Vigilancia Epidemiológica Postratamiento (VEPT) con Mectizan en el Área de Salud de Huehuetenango (PDF)
Hoy día, en Huehuetenango, estamos diciéndole adiós a la Oncocercosis. Sin embargo, queremos asegurarnos de que no vuelva a aparecer por estas comunidades y para eso, nosotros y nosotras como trabajadores de los servicios de salud tenemos una importante tarea: realizar la Vigilancia Epidemiológica Postratamiento (VEPT).

 

Sept. 1, 2009
Summary 2008 Program Review for The Lions-Carter Center SightFirst River Blindness Programs (PDF) 

Held at The Carter Center in Atlanta on Feb. 16-18, 2009, for programs in Cameroon, Ethiopia, Nigeria, OEPA, Sudan, and Uganda.

 

Aug. 25, 2008
Summary 2007 Program Review for The Lions-Carter Center SightFirst River Blindness Programs (PDF)
Held February 6-8, 2008, at The Carter Center in Atlanta for programs in Cameroon, Ethiopia, Nigeria, OEPA, Sudan, and Uganda.

 

July 22, 2008
Onchocerciasis Report From the Seventeenth InterAmerican Conference on Onchocerciasis (PDF)
River Blindness Report, presented to the InterAmerican Conference on Onchocerciasis in Quito, Ecuador, November 15–17, 2007. Published in Weekly epidemiological record, World Health Organization, No. 29, 2008.

 

Oct. 29, 2007
Relatoría de la XVI Conferencia Interamericana sobre Oncocercosis IACO 2006 (PDF)
La Décima Sexta Conferencia Interamericana sobre Oncocercosis (IACO 2006) se llevó a cabo durante los días 07-09 de noviembre, en la ciudad de Antigua, Guatemala.

 

Sept. 1, 2007
Summary 2006 Program Review for The Lions-Carter Center SightFirst River Blindness Programs (PDF)
Held April. 19-21, 2007, for programs in Cameroon, Ethiopia, Nigeria, OEPA, Sudan, and Uganda.

 

Aug. 31, 2007
Onchocerciasis Report From the Sixteenth InterAmerican Conference on Onchocerciasis (PDF)
River Blindness Report, presented to the InterAmerican Conference on Onchocerciasis in Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala, Nov. 7-9. Published in Weekly epidemiological record, World Health Organization, No. 35, 2007.

 

June 1, 2007
Meeting of the International Task Force for Disease Eradication – 11 January 2007 (PDF)
The tenth meeting of the International Task Force for Disease Eradication (ITFDE) was convened at The Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A. on 11 January 2007. Published in Weekly epidemiological record, World Health Organization, Nos. 22/23, 2007.

 

July 28, 2006
Onchocerciasis Report From the Fifteenth InterAmerican Conference on Onchocerciasis (PDF)
River Blindness Report, presented to the fifteenth InterAmerican Conference on Onchocerciasis in Caracas, Venezuela. Published in Weekly epidemiological record, World Health Organization, No. 30, 2006.

 

March 1, 2006
Summary 2005 Program Review for The Lions-Carter Center SightFirst River Blindness Programs (PDF)
Held Feb. 20-22, 2006, at Hilton, Addis Ababa in Ethiopia for programs in Cameroon, Ethiopia, Nigeria, OEPA, Sudan, and Uganda.

 

Nov. 18, 2005
Relatoría de la XV Conferencia Interamericana sobre Oncocercosis IACO 2005 (PDF)
Relatoria. Tema central: "Contribuyendo a reducir la ceguera y a mejorar la salud visual en las Américas." Caracas, Venezuela, 16 al 18/ de Noviembre 2005.

 

Aug. 1, 2005
Summary 2004 Program Review for The Lions-Carter Center SightFirst River Blindness Programs (PDF)
Held March 3-5, 2005, at The Carter Center in Atlanta for programs in Cameroon, Ethiopia, Nigeria, OEPA, Sudan, and Uganda.

 

July 29, 2005
Onchocerciasis Report From the Fourteenth InterAmerican Conference on Onchocerciasis (PDF)
River Blindness Report, presented to the fourteenth InterAmerican Conference on Onchocerciasis in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. Published in Weekly epidemiological record, World Health Organization, No. 30, 2005.

 

Nov. 30, 2004
Relatoría de la XIV Conferencia Interamericana sobre Oncocercosis IACO 2004 (PDF)
Relatoria. Tema central: "Avanzando hacia el éxito." Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Aug. 20, 2004
Onchocerciasis Report From the Thirteenth InterAmerican Conference on Onchocerciasis (PDF)
River Blindness Report, presented to the thirteenth InterAmerican Conference on Onchocerciasis in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. Published in Weekly epidemiological record, World Health Organization, No. 34, 2004.

 

July 12, 2004
2003 Program Review for The Carter Center/Lions SightFirst River Blindness Programs (PDF)
Summary of the 2003 Program Review for The Carter Center/Lions SightFirst River Blindness Programs: Cameroon, Ethiopia, Nigeria, OEPA, Sudan, and Uganda, held Mar. 1-3, 2004.

 

March 27, 2003
2002 Program Review for The Carter Center/Lions SightFirst River Blindness Programs (PDF)
Summary of the Feb. 26-28, 2003 Program Review (Cameroon, Ethiopia, Nigeria, OEPA, Sudan, and Uganda) held at The Carter Center, Atlanta, Ga.

 

Nov. 21, 2002
XII Conferencia Interamericana Sobre Oncocercosis: IACO 2002 (PDF)
Relatoria. Tema central: "Nuevos enfoques para acelerar la eliminacion de la Oncocercosis." Manaus, Estado de Amazonas, Brasil, 19 al 21 de noviembre 2002.

 

July 23, 2002
2001 Program Review for The Carter Center/Lions SightFirst River Blindness Programs (PDF)
Summary of the 2001 Program Review for The Carter Center/Lions SightFirst River Blindness Programs: Cameroon, Ethiopia, Nigeria, OEPA, Sudan, and Uganda, held Mar. 13-15, 2002.

 

Jan. 24, 2002
Final Report of the Conference on the Eradicability of Onchocerciasis
Final Report of the Conference on the Eradicability of Onchocerciasis, The Carter Center, Cecil B. Day Chapel, Atlanta, Ga. Held Jan. 22-24, 2002, sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Health Organization, and The Carter Center.

 

Nov. 29, 2001
Relatoría de la XI Conferencia Interamericana sobre Oncocercosis IACO 2001 (PDF)
Relatoria. Tema central: "¿Qué tan cerca estamos de la eliminación de la Oncocercosis?" México, D.F., 29 al 29 de Noviembre de 2001.

 

Sept. 12, 2001
2000 Program Review for Global 2000 River Blindness Programs (PDF)
Summary--2000 Program Review for Global 2000 River Blindness Programs: Cameroon, Ethiopia, Nigeria, OEPA, Sudan, and Uganda, held Feb. 26-28, 2001.

 

Nov. 9, 2000
Relatoría de la X Conferencia Interamericana sobre Oncocercosis IACO 2000 (PDF)
Relatoria. Tema central: "Nuevos retos en la iniciativa regional para la eliminación de la oncocercosis." Guayaquil, Ecuador, 07 al 09 de noviembre de 2000.

 

Sept. 29, 2000
Certification of Elimination of Human Onchocerciasis: Criteria and Procedures (PDF)
Following a World Health Organization meeting on "Criteria for certification of interruption of transmission/elimination of human onchocerciasis" in Geneva.

 

Sept. 25, 2000
1999 Program Review for Global 2000 River Blindness Programs (PDF)
Summary of the 1999 Program Review for Global 2000 River Blindness Programs: Cameroon, Ethiopia, Nigeria, OEPA, Sudan, and Uganda, held Feb. 7-9, 2000.

 

Nov. 11, 1999
Relatoría de la IX Conferencia Interamericana sobre Oncocercosis IACO 1999 (PDF)
Relatoria. Tema central: "Comunidades centinelas." Antigua, Guatemala, 09 al 11 de noviembre de 1999.

 

Oct. 10, 1999
1998  Program Review for Global 2000 River Blindness Programs (PDF)
Program Review for Nigeria, Cameroon, Uganda, Sudan, and OEPA, 17-19 February 1999, The Carter Center, Atlanta, GA.

 

Nov. 11, 1998
La Octava Conferencia Interamericana sobre Oncocercosis IACO 1998 (PDF)
Relatoria. Tema central: "Estrategias para lograr altas coberturas y sostenibilidad del programa de tratamiento masivo con Mectizan®." Caracas, Venezuela, 17 al 19 de noviembre de 1998.

 

Oct. 1, 1998
1997 Program Review for Global 2000 River Blindness Programs (PDF)
Program Review for Nigeria, Cameroon, Uganda, Sudan, and OEPA, 25-27 February 1998, The Carter Center, Atlanta, GA.

 

Nov. 21, 1997
La Séptima Conferencia Interamericana sobre Oncocercosis IACO 1997 (PDF)
Relatoria. Tema central: "Criterios para Certificación de Eliminación de Oncocercosis en América." Cali, Colombia; 19, 20 y 21 de noviembre de 1997.

 

Oct. 1, 1997
1996 Program Review for Global 2000 River Blindness Programs (PDF)
Program Review for Nigeria, Cameroon, Uganda, and OEPA, 9-11 December 1996, The Carter Center, Atlanta, GA.

 

Oct. 1, 1996
1995 Program Review for Global 2000 River Blindness Program (PDF)
Program Review for Nigerian Onchocerciasis Control Program, 16 November 1995, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA. 

 

 

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