We studied the epidemiology of cholera in Katanga and Eastern Kasai, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, by compiling a database including all cases recorded from 2000 through 2005. Results show that lakes were the sources of outbreaks and demonstrate the inadequacy of the strategy used to combat cholera.
Human African trypanosomiasis (HAT) control programs existed during the colonial era in the Belgian Congo. HAT cases peaked in 1930 at 33,562. They declined gradually to about 1000 cases in 1959. The civil war that erupted after Zaire's independence in 1960 crippled the public health system. During 1960-1967, no active case finding was conducted and… (More)