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Human African Trypanosomiasis in DRC

Sleeping sickness in Orientale province

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In Orientale province, in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), an MSF mobile team provides test and diagnostic of sleeping sickness (properly known as human African trypanosomiasis) to the population living in the rural area of Doromo. This parasitic infection transmitted by tsetse flies occurs in around 36 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Nearly three-quarters of all reported cases of sleeping sickness are in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where the health system is dysfunctional and access to care is extremely jeopardised by constant armed conflicts.