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An innovative Chagas mapping to be developed in Argentina

 

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Sports, Childhood and Chagas: Promoting Chagas Disease Control in the Gran Chaco region

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Mother-and-Child Health Care Project to be developed at the Triple Border of the Salta Chaco region

 

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Sports, Childhood and Chagas: Promoting Chagas Disease Control in the Gran Chaco region

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Close to 40% of all new Chagas cases are owed to mother-to-baby transmission

 

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The exhibition commemorates the centenary of the 1918 flu epidemic and is part of the Pandemic Project of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, in partnership with the Global Health Institute of Harvard University. From July it will be exhibited at the Jorge Newbery Metropolitan Airpark. Buenos Aires, July 2019. “Outbreak: Epidemics in a […]

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Mar, 2019

Sports, Childhood and Chagas: Promoting Chagas Disease Control in the Gran Chaco region

Sports, Childhood and Chagas is a technical cooperation initiative resulting from the agreement between Fundación Mundo Sano and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in its capacity as administrator of the Japan Special Fund Poverty Reduction Program. The project seeks to reduce the impact of Chagas on communities in Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay, by means of two […]

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Experts in Argentina present positive experiences in Chagas disease treatment

 

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The exhibition commemorates the centenary of the 1918 flu epidemic and is part of the Pandemic Project of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, in partnership with the Global Health Institute of Harvard University. From July it will be exhibited at the Jorge Newbery Metropolitan Airpark. Buenos Aires, July 2019. “Outbreak: Epidemics in a […]

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Sports, Childhood and Chagas: Promoting Chagas Disease Control in the Gran Chaco region

Sports, Childhood and Chagas is a technical cooperation initiative resulting from the agreement between Fundación Mundo Sano and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in its capacity as administrator of the Japan Special Fund Poverty Reduction Program. The project seeks to reduce the impact of Chagas on communities in Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay, by means of two […]

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Big Data to be used for detection of Chagas hiding places

 

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The exhibition commemorates the centenary of the 1918 flu epidemic and is part of the Pandemic Project of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, in partnership with the Global Health Institute of Harvard University. From July it will be exhibited at the Jorge Newbery Metropolitan Airpark. Buenos Aires, July 2019. “Outbreak: Epidemics in a […]

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Mar, 2019

Sports, Childhood and Chagas: Promoting Chagas Disease Control in the Gran Chaco region

Sports, Childhood and Chagas is a technical cooperation initiative resulting from the agreement between Fundación Mundo Sano and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in its capacity as administrator of the Japan Special Fund Poverty Reduction Program. The project seeks to reduce the impact of Chagas on communities in Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay, by means of two […]

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22% of the 44 million Argentine population lack network water supply and four out of every ten people live in areas without sewage system

 

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The exhibition commemorates the centenary of the 1918 flu epidemic and is part of the Pandemic Project of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, in partnership with the Global Health Institute of Harvard University. From July it will be exhibited at the Jorge Newbery Metropolitan Airpark. Buenos Aires, July 2019. “Outbreak: Epidemics in a […]

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Sports, Childhood and Chagas: Promoting Chagas Disease Control in the Gran Chaco region

Sports, Childhood and Chagas is a technical cooperation initiative resulting from the agreement between Fundación Mundo Sano and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in its capacity as administrator of the Japan Special Fund Poverty Reduction Program. The project seeks to reduce the impact of Chagas on communities in Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay, by means of two […]

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Four children are born every day with the Chagas parasite

 

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The exhibition commemorates the centenary of the 1918 flu epidemic and is part of the Pandemic Project of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, in partnership with the Global Health Institute of Harvard University. From July it will be exhibited at the Jorge Newbery Metropolitan Airpark. Buenos Aires, July 2019. “Outbreak: Epidemics in a […]

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Mar, 2019

Sports, Childhood and Chagas: Promoting Chagas Disease Control in the Gran Chaco region

Sports, Childhood and Chagas is a technical cooperation initiative resulting from the agreement between Fundación Mundo Sano and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in its capacity as administrator of the Japan Special Fund Poverty Reduction Program. The project seeks to reduce the impact of Chagas on communities in Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay, by means of two […]

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Sports, Childhood and Chagas: Promoting Chagas Disease Control in the Gran Chaco region

 

Sports, Childhood and Chagas is a technical cooperation initiative resulting from the agreement between Fundación Mundo Sano and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in its capacity as administrator of the Japan Special Fund Poverty Reduction Program.

The project seeks to reduce the impact of Chagas on communities in Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay, by means of two strategies: applying intervention models intended to prevent, treat and control the disease, and creating awareness of disease issues through sports. To this end, it is bringing together the efforts of the public sector and civil society organizations to fight against the disease from an integrated vision. Its innovative approach includes technical teams in different territories and training to attain results sustainable over time.

The project also includes the development of sport activities as a vehicle for community education and mobilization. Workshops, festivals and sport events are organized using innovative methods brought by the Barcelona FC Foundation –FutbolNet– focused on creating awareness of values, health and healthy habits aimed at the solution of the Chagas disease problem. In addition, pedagogical coordinators and facilitators train youngsters and local professionals of different areas including health, education and sports, in work methods combining sports and awareness with disease diagnosis and treatment.

Information on the “Sports, Childhood and Chagas” initiative.

-6  SPORT FESTIVALS IMPLEMENTED

  • 2015 Añatuya, Santiago del Estero
  • 2016 Juan José Castelli, Chaco
  • 2017 Muyupampa and Huacareta, Department of Chuquisaca, Bolivia
  • 2018 Club Dr. Benjamin Aceval, Department of Presidente Hayes, and ‘María Medianera’ Integrated Education Center (Pa’iPuku), Paraguay.

-MORE THAN 3,000 ATTENDANTS

-MORE THAN 2,000 SEROLOGIC TESTS PERFORMED

-60  HEALTH SYSTEM MEMBERS TRAINED IN VEIN BLOOD EXTRACTION AND RAPID DIAGNOSTIC TESTS FOR CHAGAS.

-512 AGENTS OF CHANGE TRAINED IN THE FUTBOLNET METHODOLOGY.

-360 AGENTS OF CHANGE TRAINED IN THE FUTBOLNET METHODOLOGY.

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Rethinking Chagas

 

International experts in Chagas disease came together at “Rethinking Chagas”, a symposium jointly organized by Fundación Mundo Sano, Chagas Coalition and Harvard School of PublicHealth, on October 22 and 23, in Harvard.

The purpose of the meeting was to analyze barriers currently existing with respect to Chagas in the USA, and define how to leverage existing evidence to improve access to this disease detection, diagnosis, treatment and incidence and identify where and how to devise an action plan to look after Chagas patients in the USA.

“At present, positive cases amount to 300,000 in our country and only a few are under treatment” said Michael R. Reich, of Harvard T.H. Chan School of PublicHealth in the symposium opening speech. “Our challenge is to identify barriers in the health system of our country that prevent affected people from having access to treatment” he underscored.

Proposing an effective action plan to give response to patients with this disease was one of the topics under discussion. To this end, Silvia Gold, president of Mundo Sano, emphasized that “being able to fight against Chagas in USA represents a change of paradigm. Because working to make visible what is invisible, and have this done in the USA, may acquire a completely different amplification all over the world.”

Patients with Chagas disease often belong to society subgroups that are difficult to reach; therefore, addressing the problem of social, cultural and psychological barriers and discussing strategies to motivate both physicians and patients to adopt treatment when appropriate was defined as the main challenge by attending experts. In this line, Joaquim Gascon, director of the Chagas program at ISGlobal (Barcelona), highlighted “the awareness initiative implemented in Spain, a non-endemic country, to reach people affected by Chagas disease.”

The first Symposium day continued with presentations by Luis Castellanos, head of the PAHO/WHO Unit for Tropical Neglected and Vector Transmitted Diseases, on the ETMI Plus initiative which has Chagas disease among the priorities in mother to baby transmission control and Salustiano Pérez, Exeltis USA, who addressed the topic of benznidazol supply following the recent approval granted by the FDA.

“Rethinking Chagas” is the first activity developed within the framework of the agreement signed by Fundación Mundo Sano  and Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health, to take over joint projects in the field of neglected diseases prevention, diagnosis and treatment, and design the first steps in the implementation of an Access Plan aimed at improving Chagas patient care in the USA.

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Approval of a medication for Chagas disease treatment in the pediatric population

 

Buenos Aires, April 2018 – Argentina approves the pediatric formulation of a drug used for Chagas disease treatment. Benznidazol, which will be available in 12.5 mg tablets, the dosage required to treat 0 to 2 year olds, was recently approved by the National Administration for Drugs, Food and Medical Technology (ANMAT, Spanish acronym).

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Chagas disease affects more than 6 million people in the world, half of which are women of childbearing age. Close to 9,000 children are born every year with Chagas disease due to vertical transmission (babies of infected mothers who fall victim to the disease through transplacental contagion). In Argentina, the population at risk of getting Chagas exceeds 7 million people, with 1.5 million already suffering it.

“The advantage of having a 12.5 mg tablet for children is that we can adjust treatment doses adequately, reducing the risk of undesired side effects on the pediatric population under treatment,” stated Dr. Jaime Altcheh, Head of the Parasitological-Chagas Service, “Dr.Ricardo Gutierrez” Children Hospital, and Director of the PAHO/WHO Pediatric Chagas Cooperation Center. “Studies conducted at the “Dr. Ricardo Gutierrez” Children Hospital have shown that newborns and infants have a drug-metabolizing system different from adults’, thus obtaining excellent therapeutic results with lower  benznidazol concentrations in blood, which makes this new formulation a very significant contribution to the treatment of this disease in children,” he added.

The development of Pediatric benznidazol, 12.5 mg  in Argentina started under an agreement between Fundación Mundo Sano (FMS)  and the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi) in 2013 aiming to secure treatment for children of 0 to 2 years of age.

Fundación Mundo Sano has been doing, and is committed to sustain in the future, extensive work in relation to Chagas disease. At present, it has a Cooperation Agreement with the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) to facilitate access to the treatment of congenital Chagas. “Nowadays, mother to baby transmission is the one that originates the largest number of cases at global level. In Argentina, more than 1,300 children are born with Chagas disease. For this reason, treating children and women with childbearing potential is key to disease control. This is our greatest challenge in the near future,” said Marcelo Abril, Executive Director, Fundación Mundo Sano.

Benznidazol has been included in the World Health Organization (WHO) Model List of Essential Medicines and is registered in the health organizations of most Latin American countries with endemic diseases, with Elea-Phoenix, as the PAHO certified laboratory and sole global producer working under Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).

“From the beginning, we took over the commitment to give response to the population suffering Chagas disease. In 2012, the ANMAT approved Abarax® (benznidazol) in formulations with 50 mg and 100 mg pills with two crossed grooves, which had a high impact in light of world scarcity of this medicine,” said Luis Ferrero, Executive Manager, Elea-Phoenix Pharmaceutical. “With this new form, we are proud to give response to a global medical need and facilitate treatment of the pediatric population with Chagas,” he emphasized.

This disease is one of the most significant public health problems in Latin America and very few people with Chagas have access to treatment. Given this reality, Fundación Mundo Sano and the DNDi (Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative) have agreed to join their efforts to provide Chagas patients access to treatment. “Medical evidences will show the effectiveness of benznidazol in the treatment of Chagas disease. Our joint efforts aim to assure that patients have access to existing treatment, while we keep on in our active search for new health tools,” said Michel Lotrowska, acting CEO of DNDi Latin America.

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