2021 AMI Online Salon

Human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT)

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Todd Buck
  • Client: Médecins Sans Frontières
  • Copyright: Todd Buck, 2021
  • Medium/software used: Medium was pencil sketch and Adobe Photoshop color rendering.
  • Final presentation format: Report on Neglected Tropical Diseases and web/social media
  • Primary Audience: Everyone, especially Donors


Project Description

For inclusion within report on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), disseminated Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)/Doctors Without Borders. Human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT, aka Sleeping Sickness) is one of six topics I created illustrations for to accompany report. The illustrations are being used for patient education, to raise public awareness of NTDs, and to raise funding for research and treatments. The illustrations have been used by MSF in social media campaigns around the world, including the UK, Ireland, South Sudan, India, and Pakistan. It is important that the individuals in the illustrations respectfully represent the ethnicity of the people living in areas of high incidence of the disease(s). Tsetse fly is the vector, typical environment is near water and dense vegetation (i.e. Congo). The afflicted often can’t sleep at night, but then sleep during day wherever they are. Treatable if diagnosed and treated in time.