The “XIX International Symposium on Neglected Diseases” was held at the Centro Cultural de la Ciencia (C3) on August 21 and 22, organized by Mundo Sano Foundation.
More than thirty scientists, scholars, professionals and technicians from Argentina and abroad analyse new strategies to face the social determinants of neglected diseases.
The opening ceremony of the symposium was in charge of the Secretary of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Lino Barañao; the President of Mundo Sano Foundation, Dr. Silvia Gold, the Undersecretary for Prevention and Control of Communicable and Immune-preventable Diseases, Dr. Miriam Burgos, and Director Emeritus of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Mirta Roses Periago.
During the opening ceremony, Dr. Silvia Gold, president of Mundo Sano, highlighted the multidisciplinary focus of the symposium, which is reflected in topics ranging from the social determinant and communication approach to the use of modern technologies such as data mining for risk stratification.
In her presentation, Dr. Gold underlined “positive changes that have taken place in the last years regarding Chagas disease, such as the publication of guides for the diagnosis and treatment by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), which indicates the obligation of providing treatment to babies born with congenital Chagas disease”. “The angle of vision of the disease has changed. Today, when we talk about Chages, we think of a person, but we do not stop thinking that we need to avoid a vinchuca”, she highlighted.
Then, the National Secretary of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Lino Barañao, congratulated Mundo Sano for its work and commitment, which succeeds in linking the state of the arts of science with a practical consequent of the social facet. Likewise, Barañao highlighted the role of public policies in terms of health and research. “In Argentina a favourable evolution has occurred. For a long time, large amounts of money have been invested in studying the physiology and molecular biology of vincucha, but it was not correlated with treatments. There was not a novel treatment for Chagas disease for thirty years. Now this is changing”.
In turn, Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, director emeritus of Pan American Health Organization, indicated that “neglected diseases are starting to be attended not only from the political point of view but also from the interest of the new generations”.
The first day of the Symposium continued with the presence of outstanding panellists, such as Dr. Orielle Solar, lecturer at the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (Latin American Faculty for Social Sciences) and the School of Medicine, of the Universidad de Chile, and Dr. Rodrigo Nogueira Angerami, Secao de Epidemiología Hospitalar, Hospital de Clínicas, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, who addressed the current epidemiological scenario of Yellow Fever.
Tomorrow, Thursday 22, the symposium will continue with the panel about “Information Technologies at the service of neglected diseases”, with the participation, among other specialists, of Dr. Xiling Shen, director of the Woo Center for Big Data and Precision Health (DAP), of Duke Woo Center, and core member of the Center for Genomics and Computational Biology, who will lecture about how “new technologies for measuring and analysing data allow monitoring and assessment of the exposure of people to potential infectious diseases”.
“Foodborne illnesses, Trichinosis, Brucellosis and hemolytic-uremic syndrome: are they neglected diseases?” is another topic that will be addressed by Ricardo Rodríguez from National Institute for Agricultural Technology (INTA); Jorge Bolpe, from Rural Zoonosis of the Province of Buenos Aires; Néstor Jacob from Argerich Hospital, and Fernando Goldbaum from INMUNOVA, among other participants.
“Workshop for the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, syphilis, hepatitis B, and Chagas disease (ETMI PLUS)” will close the XIX edition, with representatives of the Hospital General de Agudos Carlos G. Durand, Dr. Ricardo Gutiérrez Children’s Hospital, and Francisco J. Muñiz Hospital of Infectious Diseases. Results of the implementation of the ETMI Plus strategy in the locality of Almirante Brown and in the Triple Frontier of the Chaco Americano will be presented.