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WHO Guide

Guidelines for stopping mass drug administration and verifying elimination of human onchocerciasis: Criteria and procedures

30 December 2016

These evidence-based guidelines are developed by the WHO NTD Department according to the international standards on certification of elimination of human onchocerciasis.

They provide a set of recommendations to national programme managers in collaboration with their respective oversight committees on 1) when to stop mass drug administration (MDA), and 2) to conduct post-treatment surveillance (PTS) activities for a minimum period of three to five years before confirming the interruption of transmission (and hence its elimination) of Onchocerca volvulus parasite. WHO, 2016.

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Onchocerciasis Guidelines for Stopping MDA and Verifying Elimination (English version) (490.38 KB)