The "Stamp Out Sleeping sickness" (S.O.S.) Initiative

A public-private partnership formed in response to fight two strains of human sleeping sickness in Northern Uganda.

The "Stamp Out Sleeping sickness" (S.O.S.) Initiative

The Stamp Out Sleeping sickness (SOS) campaign is a public-private partnership launched in Kampala, Uganda in 2006. This partnership was formed in response to an emergency situation arising in a number of districts in Northern Uganda where the two existing strains of human sleeping sickness (Rhodesiense and Gambiense) threatened to converge.

The initiative brings together the Government of Uganda, Ceva Santé Animale, IKARE and other academic institutions to manage the disease by treating cattle reservoirs that carries the sleeping sickness parasite before it is transmitted to humans.

The initiative provided the cattle farmers the know-how and affordable access to veterinary services to treat their livestock with insecticides on a daily basis. Furthermore, farmers and key stakeholders were educated on the cause of the sleeping sickness and its close link between animals and human health.

The SOS initiative has therefore been very successful in:

  • Preventing the convergence of the two forms of sleeping sickness.
  • Reducing the cases of sleeping sickness in the areas where treatment of cattle was undertaken.
  • Creating employment through the provision of veterinary products and services.
  • Improving the health and livelihood of cattle and people in the SOS area.
  • Providing the undergraduate veterinary students with an opportunity for hands-on in-field training and community service, equipping them much better for their working lives


  • World Health Organization (WHO)

    Funding Agencies
    Staff size: 5001-10,000

    WHO (World Health Organisation) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters,...

  • Uganda Trypanosomiasis Control Council (UTCC)

    Uganda | Staff size: Unknown

    Uganda Trypanosomiasis Control Council (UTCC) was created by Parliament as a corporate body through the enactment of statute No. 16 of 8th October 1992 which legalized the...

  • Ceva Santé Animale

    Service Providers, Goods Supplier
    France | Staff size: 5001-10,000

    Ceva Santé Animale is a global veterinary health company focused on the research, development, production and marketing of pharmaceutical products and vaccines for companiion animals,...


    Investment & Finance
    United Kingdom | Staff size: Unknown

    IKARE Ltd (pronounced "I care") is a UK registered charity applying venture philanthropic principles to the causes it supports. IKARE aims to overlay private equity investment techniques and...

  • Edinburgh Infectious Diseases, University of Edinburgh

    United Kingdom | Staff size: 101-250

    The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1583, is the sixth-oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Scotland's ancient universities. It was the fourth university to be...

  • COVAB - Makerere University

    Uganda | Staff size: 26-50

    College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Bio-Security (COVAB), Makerere University, by far the oldest and leading academic veterinary institution in the region, is Uganda’s...

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Key Information

LocationUganda, Central Africa
  • Start Date 2006
ValueUSD 90 Million