"Fighting Neglect" charts MSF's 25 years of experience in diagnosing and treating Chagas disease, sleeping sickness, and kala azar in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and the Caucasus.

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Over one billion people are infected with one or more of the 14  diseases defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as  neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).

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A new treatment has potential to make a difference in the fight against sleeping sickness. The fatal parasitic disease, which has ravaged Africa for decades, is causing thousands of deaths each year and has been spreading from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with refugees and displaced, who are fleeing from conflict and do not have access to proper treatment.

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Preliminary results from a study conducted by Doctors Without Borders(MSF) show that significantly shorter and simplified treatment of African sleeping sickness could be possible in the near future.

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Untreated, sleeping sickness inevitably kills after inflicting horrible pain and sometimes insanity. Spread by tsetse flies, this dreaded tropical disease claims more than 55,000 lives per year in 36 African nations. Our volunteers refuse to let this disease continue to kill in silence.

Profile of a Killer

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