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Disease Prevention and Control / Communicable Diseases / Chagas Disease

2nd Meeting of the Intergovernmental Initiative for the Surveillance and Prevention of Chagas Disease in the Amazon Region

(Cayenne, French Guiana, 2–4 November 2005)

AMCHA

Conference Documentation (all in Spanish, PDF, titles translated for user orientation)
- Conclusions and General Recommendations (51 KB)
- Recommendations of the Working Groups (53 Kb)
- Figure: Identification of Transmission Areas through the Detection of Acute Cases (23 Kb)
- List of Participants (47 Kb)

- About AMCHA
- 1st Meeting (2004)

Other Subregional Initiatives
- INCOSUR (Southern Cone)
- IPCA (Central America)
- IPA (Andes)

PAHO Chagas Page

Tropical Disease Research: PAHO/TDR | WHO/TDR

The organization and funding of this meeting represents a
collaborative interinstitutional effort involving many sponsors,
without whose generous support this activity could not have taken place.

From 2 to 4 November 2005, the 2nd Meeting of the Intergovernmental Initiative for the Surveillance and Prevention of Chagas Disease in the Amazon Region (AMCHA) was held in the city of Cayenne, French Guiana, with an international, intersectoral, and interinstitutional organization that convened official delegations of the Amazon countries.

This Second Meeting focused on three main areas:

  1. Presentations by national and international agencies.
  2. Eco-epidemiology of Chagas disease and environmental and community management of its prevention and surveillance.
  3. Diagnosis, management, and treatment of Chagas disease in the Amazon region.

Countries participating in the AMCHA initiative are Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, French Guiana, Suriname, and Venezuela, with its Technical Secretariat in PAHO. The first AMCHA meeting held in Manaus, Brazil, from 19 to 22 September 2004.

AMCHA objectives are as follows:

  • Set up and implement an ongoing epidemiological surveillance system that integrates and fully utilizes available resources, services and health programs.
  • Develop control methods and/or techniques adjusted to known transmission mechanisms (vector-borne transmission, peridomiciliary transmission, household transmission without vector colonization, oral transmission).
  • Generate new knowledge concerning Chagas disease epidemiology in the Region.

The 3rd AMCHA meeting will be held in the city of Quito, Ecuador, for three days during the month of September 2006, in conjunction with the 8th Meeting of the Andean Initiative for Chagas Disease Control (IPA).

Sponsoring Institutions

Organizing Committee Scientific Committee
  • Dr. Roberto Salvatella
    (PAHO/WHO)
  • Dra. Christine Aznar
    (UFR-Medicine, University of the Antilles French Guiana, CHAR-Cayenne)
  • Dr. Roberto Bazzani
    (IDRC, Canada)
  • Dr. Jacques Cartiaux
    (DSDS, French Guiana)
  • Dr. Felipe Guhl
    (UNIANDES, Colombia)
  • Dr. José Rodrigues Coura
    (FIOCRUZ, Brazil)
  • Dr. Luis Gerardo Castellanos
    (PAHO/WHO-Brazsil)
  • Dra. Henriette Chamouillet
    (PAHO/WHO/CPC-Barbados)
  • Dr. José Rodrigues Coura
    (FIOCRUZ, Brazil)
  • Dr. Felipe Guhl
    (UNIANDES, Colombia)
  • Dr. Antonio Carlos Silveira
    (PAHO-Brazil)
  • Dr. C. J. Schofield
    (ECLAT, UK)
  • Dr. João Carlos Pinto Dias
    (FIOCRUZ, Brazil)
  • Dr. Pedro Albajar Viña
    (FIOCRUZ, Braxil)
  • Dra. Silvia Morote
    (MSF-Spain)
  • Dr. Roberto Salvatella
    (PAHO/WHO)
  • Dra. Christine Aznar
    (UFR-Medecine, University of the Antilles French Guiana, CHAR-Cayenne)
  • Dra. Domique Leannel
    (IsVS International and Tropical Department, France)
  • Dr. Pascal Chaud
    (Is VS/CIRE Antilles, French Guiana)
  • Dr. François Noireau
    (IRD, France)
  • Dr. François Ravachol
    (DS DS, French Guiana)
  • Dra. Christine Jasson
    (DS DS, French Guiana)

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