GHF2012 – PS23 – Chagas Disease: Neglected, Global, Chronic

Session Outline

Parallel session PS23, Friday, April 20 2012, 11:00-12:30, Room 4
Chair(s): François Chappuis, Division of International and Humanitarian Medicine, Geneva University Hospital, Geneva, Switerland
Summary: Chagas disease infects an estimated 8-10 million people, mostly in the 21 endemic countries in Latin America, and kills nearly 12,000 people each year - making it the leading parasitic killer in Latin America, ahead of malaria. Those most affected are very poor, live in inadequate housing conditions, and have limited access to health care. With globalization, Chagas is now on the rise in Europe, where there are an estimated 80,000 cases. Yet many are unaware of the consequences of the disease, its chronicity, the dire need for new treatments, and the lack of an appropriate test of cure. This session will contextualize Chagas within the ‘neglected tropical diseases’ landscape and point to the way forward in terms of diagnosis, treatment, test of cure, and integration into health systems. Perspectives from patients, doctors, and researchers – in addition to a live broadcast by a renowned filmmaker from the Chaco area in Argentina – will offer a holistic view of and discussion about the disease and the millions of people it affects.
Intro: Neglected Tropical Diseases, Getting Beyond the Silos: The Case of Chronic Stage Chagas Disease
François Chappuis, Division of International and Humanitarian Medicine, Geneva University Hospital, Geneva, Switerland
Breaking the Silence – A Patient Perspective on Chagas
Manuel Gutiérrez, International Federation of People Suffering from Chagas Disease, Spain
Cardiologists in Non-Endemic Countries: Beware, Be Aware
Speaker TBC
This is the Reality of Chagas Disease Lives
Ricardo Preve, Filmmaker, Chaco Area, Argentina
Just Two Drugs for Millions? Where We Stand with New Treatments and Test of Cure for Chagas
Nathalie Strub-Wourgaft,Medical Director, Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative, Switzerland
Treating Chagas  - Acute and Chronic – and the Importance of Integrating Care in Health Systems
Carolina Batista, Médecins Sans Frontières, Brazil

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