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Document of the month: August 2013

From time immemorial, sleeping sickness has held sway over almost 2/3 of sub-Saharan Africa. Entire peoples fled before the tsetse fly and cattle were condemned to death.
To fight sleeping sickness, mobile teams criss-cross the bush and villages. At Cabinda, a province of Angola, five of these mobile groups, called “sleep brigades”, are continually working. Each one is composed of doctors, nurses, microscope technicians, sanitary workers, administrators and drivers.
Technicians examine blood samples under microscopes to look for trypanosomes.

WHO Photo by Paul Almasy. Angola, 1959.

Microscope technicians
WHO/Paul Almasy
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