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In 2006, the Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) of the World Health Organization (WHO) established a collaboration with the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) to develop a new diagnostic tool for the control of Human African trypanosomiasis (HAT), or sleeping sickness. As part of the agreement, WHO established a HAT specimen biobank.

Published by PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, this paper highlights the challenging conditions which are paramount to establishing and maintaining the valuable HAT specimen biobank. The paper is available here