This analysis of over a century of public health campaigns against human African
trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness) in Angola aims to unravel the role of (utopian) dreams
in global health. Attention to the emergence and use of concepts such as neglected tropical
diseases (NTDs) and ideas about elimination or eradication highlights how these concepts and
utopian dreams are instrumental for the advancement of particular agendas in an ever-shifting
field of global health. The article shows how specific representations of the elimination and
eradication of diseases, framed over a century ago, continue to push Western views and politics
of care onto others. This analysis generates insight into how global health and its politics
of power functioned in Angola during colonialism and post-independence.
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