Summary: The Onchocerciasis Control Programme (OCP) was initiated in 1974 to control river blindness in seven countries in West Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Niger, and Togo. Later, the program was expanded to include Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, and Sierra Leone. Today, twenty years after the inception of control, the OCP is widely regarded as one of the most effective regional programs ever launched. River blindness is no longer a public health threat in the original control zone, and many of the river basins are being resettled. The Committee of Sponsoring Agencies (CSA), a statutory body of the OCP, consisting of the Food and Agriculture Organization, the United Nations Development Programme, the World Health Organization, and the World Bank, has supported a series of studies to promote sustainable settlement and development in the OCP area. Out of these studies was developed a draft set of guiding principles for sustainable settlement. In April 1994, the CSA organized a ministerial meting in Paris to provide a forum for African policymakers to discuss and modify these guidelines. The meeting was attended by ministers of planning, agriculture, environment, and health from the eleven African countries participating in the OCP, as well as by representatives of OCP donors and of agencies working on settlement and environmental issues in West Africa. This volume contains the papers and speeches delivered at the meeting, summaries of the substantive discussions that took place at the meeting, and the guiding for sustainable settlement and development of the OCP area, as revised and adopted by the participants of the meeting.
Official, scanned versions of documents (may include signatures, etc.)