Home Sleeping sickness (human African trypanosomiasis)

This page is a work in progress. If you will be travelling to Africa and need more information about sleeping sickness and how to avoid and treat it, you can find this at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organization

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Good News (July 2010) on Human African trypanosomiasis from WHO: number of new cases drops to lowest level in 50 years (archived pdf version)

A historical review of drug development in African Trypanosomiasis (2010)

Use this link to view a short (5 -minute) video report on Sleeping Sickness in East Africa (courtesy of the Discovery Channel via YouTube).

There are other short videos on YouTube relating to sleeping sickness and one illustrating the dissemination of 'sterile male' tsetse in Zanzibar, to eliminate transmission of trypanosomes to animals and humans.



Several organizations exist to provide information and stimulate support for action and research to treat or eliminate human sleeping sickness.

Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF: also known in the USA as Doctors without Borders) has targeted African Sleeping Sickness for special attention both in the field and by promoting research and fundraising.

There is an organization started by young children in Westchester County, New York State, called Kids for World Health. They also have a short music video on YouTube.

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