Civil War and its Effect on the Epidemic of Trypanosomiasis
A look at how African civil unrest has been indirectly responsible for helping Trypanosomiasis (a.k.a. African sleeping sickness) get out of control once again.
“Trypanosomiasis, also known as African sleeping sickness, is widely regarded as the disease afflicting the poorest of the poor. Endemic to Eastern and Central Africa, trypanosomiasis is currently experiencing a dramatic resurgence in Sudan, Uganda, Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo. After running the results of the survey through statistical analysis software, the researchers were able to cross analyze different factors such as proximity to tsetse flies (the vector for this disease), daily farming or fishing activities and involvement in civil war to determine which variables were most responsible for the outbreak (Moore, 1999). The results showed that while, statistically, there was no direct relationship between the spread of trypanosomiasis and the existence of war within a country, civil unrest had been indirectly responsible for helping the disease get out of control once again.”