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Evaluation on implementation of the African programme for onchocerciasis control in Nigeria

Xie, Zheng, Nsofor, Ifeanyi and Tolhurst, Rachel ORCID: (2012) 'Evaluation on implementation of the African programme for onchocerciasis control in Nigeria'. Beijing Da Xue Xue Bao. (Journal of Peking University (Health Sciences)), Vol 44, Issue 3, pp. 403-406.

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OBJECTIVE: To investigate the progress and challenges of the implementation of the global programme in Taraba State, Nigeria.

METHODS: The African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC) as the first neglected tropical diseases (NTD) control initiative in Africa had been introduced to Nigeria since 1997. Community-directed distributors of community-directed treatment with ivermectin had been adopted as its main strategy. As a qualitative study, in-depth interview and focus group discussion were used as data collection methods. The thematic framework method was used as a data analysis method.

RESULTS: The community reported that they had benefited from the programme. The study findings showed that the health education on NTDs remained very poor, and the community had not fully realized its responsibility for the drug distribution and NTDs control, and the community drug distributor (CDDs) had not been developed as a substantial team working for other projects.

CONCLUSION: The goals of community-directed treatment with ivermectin (CDTI) only have been achieved partly. China should learn from the experience.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: In Chinese
Uncontrolled Keywords: Evaluation, implementation, African, Nigerian, onchocerciasis
Subjects: WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 395 Health in developing countries
WA Public Health > Health Administration and Organization > WA 590 Health education, Health communication
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 885 Onchocerciasis
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > International Public Health Department
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Depositing User: Martin Chapman
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2016 16:19
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2020 10:07


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