Cadernos de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1678-4464
DIAS, João Carlos P.. Chagas' disease and its control in Latin America: an analysis of possibilities. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 1993, vol.9, n.2, pp. 201-209. ISSN 1678-4464. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X1993000200012.
Chagas' disease is still a major public health problem in Latin America, affecting about 15 million individuals and leaving tens of millions of others at risk, most of whom are from rural areas and are socially marginalized. The main strategies and tools for the control of the disease are related to the vectorial and transfusional transmission of the parasite. Regular programs have proven effective, as in Brazil, and they depend basically on political will and basic technical and financial conditions. Epidemiologic and operational aspects of Chagas' disease control are discussed in this study, involving the reformulation and improvement of the health systems in affected countries. The fact that control can be attained is emphasized as a challenge to Latin American governments and public health officials. Control of Chagas' disease may be an additional part of the dream of Latin American unity.
Keywords : Trypanosomiasis; South American; Triatomines; Blood Transfusion; Prevention & Control.