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WHO/FAO regional training course on the utilization of the Atlas of sleeping sickness

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


With the intent of aiding efforts towards the elimination of the human African trypanosomiasis (HAT), also known as sleeping sickness, FAO and WHO jointly held a training course for Eastern and Southern African countries. The training was aimed at country level health experts, and focused on the utilization of the Atlas of HAT as a key tool for disease tracking via detailed mapping for its control and elimination.

The goal of the training was to empower national personnel in charge of HAT control and data management to optimize surveillance and plan effective control and elimination activities. Through such workshops, WHO and FAO are working with countries affected by HAT by supporting them to take full ownership of the atlas.  The training was held from 11 to 14 June 2018 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for participants drawn from Malawi, South Sudan,Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Following the training, and thanks to the HAT Atlas, affected countries will be able to represent different epidemiological indicators on maps, to interpret spatio-temporal trends, and enhance the effectiveness of disease surveillance and control operations.

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