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Research Article

Should I Get Screened for Sleeping Sickness? A Qualitative Study in Kasai Province, Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Alain Mpanya equal contributor,

    equal contributor Contributed equally to this work with: Alain Mpanya, David Hendrickx

    Affiliation: Programme National de Lutte contre la Trypanosomiase Humaine Africain (PNLTHA), Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

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  • David Hendrickx equal contributor mail,

    equal contributor Contributed equally to this work with: Alain Mpanya, David Hendrickx

    dhendrickx@itg.be

    Affiliation: Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium

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  • Mimy Vuna,

    Affiliation: Institut Nationale de Recherche Biomédicale, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

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  • Albert Kanyinda,

    Affiliation: Bureau Diocesain des Œuvres Médicales, Mbuji-mayi, Democratic Republic of Congo

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  • Crispin Lumbala,

    Affiliation: Programme National de Lutte contre la Trypanosomiase Humaine Africain (PNLTHA), Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

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  • Valéry Tshilombo,

    Affiliation: Université de Mbuji-mayi, Mbuji-mayi, Democratic Republic of Congo

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  • Patrick Mitashi,

    Affiliation: Université de Kinshasa, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

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  • Oscar Luboya,

    Affiliation: Université de Lubumbashi, Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo

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  • Victor Kande,

    Affiliation: Programme National de Lutte contre la Trypanosomiase Humaine Africain (PNLTHA), Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

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  • Marleen Boelaert,

    Affiliation: Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium

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  • Pierre Lefèvre,

    Affiliation: Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium

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  • Pascal Lutumba

    Affiliations: Institut Nationale de Recherche Biomédicale, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Université de Kinshasa, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

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  • Published: January 17, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0001467

About the Authors

Alain Mpanya, Crispin Lumbala, Victor Kande
Programme National de Lutte contre la Trypanosomiase Humaine Africain (PNLTHA), Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
David Hendrickx, Marleen Boelaert, Pierre Lefèvre
Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium
Mimy Vuna, Pascal Lutumba
Institut Nationale de Recherche Biomédicale, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
Albert Kanyinda
Bureau Diocesain des Œuvres Médicales, Mbuji-mayi, Democratic Republic of Congo
Valéry Tshilombo
Université de Mbuji-mayi, Mbuji-mayi, Democratic Republic of Congo
Patrick Mitashi, Pascal Lutumba
Université de Kinshasa, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
Oscar Luboya
Université de Lubumbashi, Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo

Corresponding Author

Email: dhendrickx@itg.be

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: AM DH OL VK MB P. Lefèvre P. Lutumba. Performed the experiments: AM CL VT PM VK P. Lutumba. Analyzed the data: AM DH MV AK CL VT P. Lefèvre P. Lutumba. Wrote the paper: AM DH P. Lutumba. Critical revision of the manuscript: AM DH CL VT PM OL VK MB P. Lefèvre P. Lutumba.