Human African trypanosomiasis

Disease distribution

In February 2008, WHO launched the initiative of the Atlas of HAT to map at village level all reported cases during the period 2000–2009. This initiative is jointly implemented with FAO within the PAAT framework. The process is ongoing and includes the 25 countries having reported at least one case in the last ten years. The Atlas is built from a database including geographical and not published epidemiological data), compiled by WHO through the contribution of SSNCPs, NGOs and Research Institutes.

The Atlas is aimed to be a tool to assess epidemiological trends, to make decisions in HAT control and to monitor and evaluate the impact of control activities. It also serves as a safe repository of relevant information and it could be used as a tool for advocacy.

In order to maximize the impact and to ensure sustainability of the HAT Atlas initiative, capacity strengthening will be ensured at country level by providing training and provision of needed equipment allowing its regular of update at country level.

The Atlas of the human African trypanosomiasis: A WHO/FAO initiative in the framework of the programme against African trypanosomiasis.
An A3 poster By P. Simarro, G. Cecchi, M. Paone, E. Fèvre, J.R. Franco, A. Diarra, R.C Mattioli. 2008 [pdf 570kb]

Towards the Atlas of human African trypanosomiasis
by G. Cecchi, M. Paone, J.R. Franco, E. M. Fevre, A. Diarra, J. A. Ruiz, R. C. Mattioli and P. P. Simarro.
International Journal of Health Geographics 2009, 8:15 (18 Mar 2009)

Mapping sleeping sickness in Western Africa in a context of demographic transition and climate change
by Cecchi G., Courtin F., Paone M., Diarra A., Franco J.R., Mattioli R.C. & Simarro P.
Journal de la Société Française de Parasitologie 2009, Vol. 16, No. 2 (June 2009)

The Atlas of human African trypanosomiasis: a contribution to global mapping of neglected tropical diseases
By Simarro PP, Cecchi G., Paone M., Franco J.R.. Diarra A., Ruiz J.A., Fèvre E.M., Courtin F., Mattioli R.C., Jannin J.G.
International Journal of Health Geographics 2010, 9:57.