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Title: Challenges of controlling sleeping sickness in areas of violent conflict: experience in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Authors: Tong, Jacqueline
Valverde, Olaf
Mahoudeau, Claude
Yun, Oliver
Chappuis, François
Affiliation: Médecins Sans Frontières, Rue de Lausanne 78, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland. jacquitong@yahoo.co.uk.
Citation: Challenges of controlling sleeping sickness in areas of violent conflict: experience in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 2011, 5:7 Confl Health
Publisher: BioMed Central
Journal: Conflict and Health
Issue Date: 26-May-2011
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10144/214529
DOI: 10.1186/1752-1505-5-7
PubMed ID: 21615932
Additional Links: http://www.conflictandhealth.com/content/5/1/7
Abstract: Human African trypanosomiasis (HAT), or sleeping sickness, is a fatal neglected tropical disease if left untreated. HAT primarily affects people living in rural sub-Saharan Africa, often in regions afflicted by violent conflict. Screening and treatment of HAT is complex and resource-intensive, and especially difficult in insecure, resource-constrained settings. The country with the highest endemicity of HAT is the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which has a number of foci of high disease prevalence. We present here the challenges of carrying out HAT control programmes in general and in a conflict-affected region of DRC. We discuss the difficulties of measuring disease burden, medical care complexities, waning international support, and research and development barriers for HAT.
Type: Article
Language: en
MeSH: Trypanosomiasis, African
ISSN: 1752-1505
Rights: Archived with thanks to Conflict and Health
Appears in topics: Trypanosomiasis/Sleeping Sickness

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