Two men are sitting on the ground; one of them is sleeping with his head resting on his left knee. Verso: World Health - November/December 1959. WHO/4734. Africa - Sleeing Sickness. The fight of the sleep bridges. From time immecerial, sleeping sickness has held sway over an empire of nearly 5 million square miles, almost 2/3 of the region of Africa south of the Sahara. Entire peoples fled before the tae-tae fly and cattle were condemned to death. The retarted development of Africa is is some measure due to this fearsome scourage. Today, the situation had changed. Although some regions are still deserted, the spread of the disease has been stopped, at least as fas as man is concerned. To fight it, great plans are being put in operation in some parts of Africa:mobile teams criss-cross the bush and villages. At Cabinda, a wedge of Angola north of the Congo river, five of these mobile groups, called "sleep brigades" are continually working. Each on is composed of a doctor, two nurses, 21 microscope technicians, 10 sanitary workers, an administrator, three drivers, twelve servants. From 1949 to 1958, the number of cases dropped from 15,785 to 917 ans the number of new cases from 2,499 to 18, the best possible proof of the preventive effect of their work. Vicitms of sleeping sickness in an institution in the French Cameroons.
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