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The West African nation of Togo has been successful in eliminating human African trypanosomiasis or ‘sleeping sickness’ as a public health problem. The nation has become the first in the African continent to achieve the milestone.
Sleeping sickness, a tropical disease, is caused by protozoan parasites of the genus Trypanosoma. If left untreated, the disease is almost always fatal. Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, stated that Togo is a pioneer in eliminating sleeping sickness, a disease that has threatened millions of Africans. She congratulated the Government and people of Togo and stated that these efforts will inspire others to work towards the eradication of sleeping sickness… (UN, August 27, 2020)