Research for Human African trypanosomiasis (HAT), also known as sleeping sickness, has been using GIS to understanding the spatial distribution of the disease, which is critically important to plan and monitor control activities. Research has proven that from over seventeen countries, approximately 20,000 HAT cases, associated to over 7,000 different geographical entities were found. With the use of GIS, it has been found that having a systematic approach to mapping sleeping sickness helps to point to the inaccuracies of any calculation of population at risk made in previous maps of HAT transmission areas.
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Melissa Lawrence, Rutgers Student Intern, VERTICES, LLC