LUANDA Angola (Xinhua) --
The 3rd Cross-Border Meeting on
Sleeping Sickness (trypanosomiasis) will take place from 8 to 9
May in the Angolan capital Luanda, the Institute for Combat and
Control of Trypanosomiasis (ICCT) announced Thursday in Luanda.
The meeting will
also gather representatives from the Republic of Congo and
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Paulo Makana, Head
of Department of the ICCT, said that the event will assess the
activities carried out in the three countries concerning the
implementation of the new diagnostic techniques, such as the
quick tests and molecular biology with the use of light
The diagnosis with
molecular biology consists of the rapid detection of
trypanosomiasis in the blood, with a new model of a light
of these techniques is part of a project funded by the
International Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics to help
the three countries fight the Sleeping Sickness.
A screening campaign
of the disease took place in Angola from April 12 to May 2,
having diagnosed 18 positive cases in the provinces of Luanda,
Bengo, Cuanza Norte, Malanje and Uíge.
At least 4,000
people have been examined during the campaign.