Chagas Disease (American Trypanosomiasis)

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Periodical Publications

Epidemiology of Chagas Disease in Non-Endemic Countries: The Role of International Migration
At one time, Chagas disease was restricted to the endemic countries of the Americas; but this is no longer the case. This article by retired PAHO Advisor Gabriel Schmunis focuses on the recent spread of Chagas disease as a result of migration. The article appears in a special supplement dedicated to Chagas disease and published in the Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz.(31/Aug/2007)
In English       Schmunis  

Tackling Neglected Diseases in Latin America
This page links to two Biomedical Center (BMC) Public Health articles, one a commentary on improving the health of neglected populations in Latin America and the other, an article on prevention, control, and elimination of neglected diseases in the Americas.(23/Aug/2007)
In English       WHO  
en español     HTML(3.96k)  

The Globalization of Chagas Disease
This PAHO article, published in ISBT Science Series 2 (1), 6–11, describes how the potential for transfusing Trypanosoma cruzi-infected blood or blood products does not exist only in Latin America. Economic hardship or political problems, or both, have spurred emigration from endemic countries to developed countries, transforming Chagas disease from mainly a rural problem of Latin America, to a global problem. It is obvious that the higher risk occurs in those countries receiving the highest number of immigrants. Meeting these challenges will require services with specialized infrastructure and trained staff, and, on the other, legislation might have to be modified, so that immigrants are not discriminated against at their places of employment due to their infection.(31/Jul/2007)
In English       ISBT Science Series  

Prevention, control, and elimination of neglected diseases in the Americas: Pathways to integrated, inter-programmatic, inter-sectoral action for health and development
Over 210 million people in the Americas live below the poverty line. These impoverished and marginalized populations are heavily burdened with neglected communicable diseases. These diseases continue to enact a toll, not only on families and communities, but on the economically constrained countries themselves. The purpose of this paper is three fold. First, it focuses on a need for integrated "pro-poor" approaches and policies different from traditional approaches. Second, it outlines the need for a specific strategy for addressing these diseases and offers several entry points in the context of broad public health measures involving multiple sectors. Finally, the paper presents several initiatives from PAHO and other institutions that document the importance of integrated, inter-programmatic, and inter-sectoral approaches. Authors include PAHO experts from different areas and the PAHO Director. (BMC Public Health 2007, 7:6, doi:10.1186/1471-2458-7-6) (17/Jan/2007)
In English       BMC Public Health  

Neglected Diseases of Neglected Populations: Thinking to Reshape the Determinants of Health in Latin America and the Caribbean
The objective of this paper is to identify new opportunities to address neglected diseases, improve community health and promote sustainable development in neglected populations by highlighting examples of key risk and protective factors for neglected diseases which can be managed and implemented through multi-disease-based, integrated, inter-programmatic, and/or inter-sectoral approaches. It was published in BMC Public Health and was written by the Chief of the PAHO Communicable Disease Unit and the PAHO Regional Advisor on Parasitic and Neglected Diseases. (11/Nov/2005)
In English       HTML(4.73k)   BMC Public Health  
en español     HTML(5.15k)   BMC Public Health  

Pan American Journal of Public Health - Vol. 17 No. 3, March 2005
Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública/Pan American Journal of Public Health - Vol. 17 No. 3, March 2005(1/Mar/2005)
In English       Online Bookstore  
en español     Librería en línea