Member of a mobile laboratory team proceeding with the puncture
of lymph nodes for microscopic detection of trypanosomes
10 August 2016 | Geneva –– Over the past 15 years, WHO-supported national control programmes have substantially decreased new cases of human African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness) largely through the application of existing control tools.
To sustain progress, WHO is supporting the training of health officers in data analysis and mapping.
The aim is to expand knowledge on the management of information on the occurrence and geographical distribution of the disease.
Novel medicines and diagnostic tools:
crucial to eliminating sleeping sickness
16 April 2016 | Geneva -- Human African trypanosomiasis or HAT (also known as sleeping sickness) could be eliminated as a public health problem by 2020 if progress is sustained.
Gambiense HAT, the commonest form of the infection in humans, has reached its lowest level since the disease was targeted for elimination as a public health problem in WHO’s 2012 roadmap on neglected tropical diseases.
28 March 2014 | Geneva -- A meeting of stakeholders in Geneva agrees that a coordinated, strengthened and sustained effort is needed to eliminate human African trypanosomiasis (HAT) as a public health problem by 2020.
To achieve this target, a WHO-led network will work to harmonize activities of national sleeping sickness control programmes, groups developing new tools, international and non-governmental organizations and donors. The meeting took place in Geneva on 25–27 March 2014.
Report of the first WHO stakeholders meeting on rhodesiense human African trypanosomiasis
Monitoring the Progress towards the Elimination of Gambiense Human African Trypanosomiasis
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