Reports of the Meetings of the WHO Onchocerciasis Technical Advisory Subgroup

The WHO Onchocerciasis Technical Advisory Subgroup (OTS) was established in order to provide advice to WHO in accordance with the terms of reference developed for the subgroup. The objectives of the 1st meeting were to review current strategies and provide recommendations on potential common strategies or components of common strategies for onchocerciasis elimination mapping, for determining when a stop-MDA evaluation should be performed, for performing stop-MDA evaluations, and to identify key research and operational questions that need to be answered to develop the evidence-base to support strategies for the above mentioned programmatic activities. The key conclusions and recommendations of the OTS are described in this summary.