Sleeping sickness is a lethal disease which affects humans and animals in rural Africa and has negative consequences for the economic development in the region.


The Stamp Out Sleeping sickness (SOS) campaign is a public private partnership launched in Kampala, Uganda in October 2006. This partnership was formed in response to an emergency situation arising in a number of districts in Northern Uganda where the two strains of Human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT) - also known as "sleeping sickness"- threaten to converge.

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UK Government launches development impact bond

Posted 2014-09-17

Before the summer the UK Government, through its International Development Secretary Justine Greening, announced that it will launch its first ever development impact bond.

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SOS project: from acute intervention to sustainable network

Posted 2014-04-03

In Uganda, thousands of people have been affected by sleeping sickness, a terrible parasitic disease carried by tsetse flies. It takes over victims until they have no energy, appear constantly sleepy and eventually die. The devastating effects of sleeping sickness have posed a major threat to Africa over the years, and in particular Northern Uganda, where two forms of the illness were threatening to converge in 2006. The World Health Organization warned back then that the impact of mixed infections from tsetse flies would make sleeping sickness in humans almost impossible to treat.

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SOS partners COCTU and COVAB, Makerere given Innovation Award for sleeping sickness control campaign

Posted 2013-12-12

The successes achieved by the Stamp Out Sleeping sickness (SOS) campaign in the control of sleeping sickness in Northern Uganda have been recognised by the Ugandan Ministry of Public Service which has awarded COCTU and COVAB, Makerere with the prestigious Collaboration and Networking across Government Award”. The Stamp Out Sleeping sickness (SOS) campaign is a public private partnership (PPP) that was launched in Kampala, Uganda in October 2006.

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