Control of Trypanosomiasis in Uganda (COCTU)

Uganda Trypanosomiasis Control Council (UTCC) was created by Parliament as a corporate body through the enactment of statute No. 16 of 8th October 1992 which legalized the Council, the Technical Committee and COCTU as the Secretariat of the Council. This was an effort to rationalize the tsetse and trypanosomiasis research and control in Uganda.

The Secretariat works in close working relationships with the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Industry, Ministry of Local Government, Ministry of Land, Water and Environment and there is a close liaison with International Organisations like International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Food and Agriculture (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), World Health Organisation (WHO), African Union (AU) specifically Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (IBAR)and Pan African tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Eradication Campaign (PATTEC) Secretariat, the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) through the Livestock Health Research Institute (LIRI), Tororo.

The Secretariat closely relates with Development Partners who support tsetse and trypanosomiasis project programmes. There is also linkage with International Research Institutions especially International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) the Swiss Tropical Institute and Centre for Veterinary Tropical Medicine (CTVM).


Healthy and prosperous people in a Uganda free from tsetse and trypanosomiasis with highly productive agricultural sector that ensures improved quality and increased quantity of food for all people and good returns on investment.


To create tsetse free zones and eliminate sleeping sickness and Nagana in Uganda.


The Uganda Trypanosomiasis Control Council (UTCC) with its secretariat, the Coordinating Office for Control of Trypanosomiasis in Uganda (COCTU) is mandated to formulate policies, guidelines and to ensure that tsetse and trypanosomiasis control and research is carried out in accordance with statute 16 of 8th October 1992.  In particular, the Council aims to provide the Secretariat with work force that is:

Highly skilled in the relevant professional and technical areas

Honest, committed and dedicated to the task at hand, with high motivation and strong sense of responsibility.

Capable of development beyond needs that the Secretariat can rise to the challenges of tsetse and trypanosomiasis.


Objectives of COCTU

  •  To act as the secretariat to UTCC and TC;
  • To coordinate government departments, donors and non-governmental organizations involved in tsetse and trypanosomiasis research and control in Uganda;
  • To monitor project inputs and implementation;
  • To collate and disseminate information to the relevant government departments, donors, non-governmental organizations and individuals interested in tsetse and trypanosomiasis research and control;
  • To organize seminars, workshops and conferences that are relevant to the programme and coordinate manpower development in the components;
  • To act as a spring-board for national, regional and international cooperation in tsetse and trypanosomiasis research and control.

Functions of COCTU

  • To supervise the initiation, formulation, negotiation and implementation of all projects for tsetse and trypanosomiasis control in Uganda;
  • To prescribe standard specifications, certification marks and codes of practice and do all things incidental or connected with them as may be required for the purpose of the Statute;
  • To be responsible for submission of proposals for the formulation of policies of the Council and for the implementation of those policies when adopted by the Council;
  • To collate and disseminate to all relevant parties, reports and other information relating to projects for carrying out the programme;
  • To co-ordinate the development of human resources necessary for all aspects of the programme;
  • To initiate and organize seminars, conferences and workshops and other similar activities aimed at promoting the effective implementation of the programme;
  • To establish and maintain relationships with national, regional and international organizations and agencies as may be appropriate for facilitating the implementation of the programme;
  • To carry out or cause to be carried out any study or examination or test in respect of commodities of different specifications whether produced in Uganda or elsewhere;
  • To carry out such other functions within the objects and functions of the Council as the Council may direct.

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