The World Bank

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Short description of the organization and its work to control and eliminate NTDs

The World Bank’s role in the African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC) reflects its long-standing commitment to controlling some of the major diseases of the poor in Africa, particularly Onchocerciasis. APOC is unique in the involvement of a broad range of financial, scientific and operational partners, with crucial roles played by a private sector drug donation and a network of 15 NGOs. For over thirty years, the Bank has played a pivotal role as the fiscal agent for APOC; bringing to bear its comparative advantage in fiscal governance by managing the APOC Trust Fund, which channels the contributions of more than 20 donors, including national governments, foundation and the private sector to the APOC programme. Strong representative governance is maintained through a Board led by the 19 African countries benefitting from the program and the World Health Organization (WHO) implements the program. By 2025 APOC aims to successfully control river blindness in endemic countries in Africa and moreover, build sufficient national capacity to take forward NTD elimination programs.

The World Bank is one of the 20 original endorsers of the London Declaration

Program Name

African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC)