World Chagas Disease Day 2022

This year, in this PAHO event several experts will discuss about the overall situation with Chagas Disease and how it is transmitted.

19 April 2022 - 19 April 2022


The Chagas Control and Prevention Program, in The Neglected, Tropical and Vector Borne Diseases Unit, hosted by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), commemorates the World Chagas Disease Day (14-A) with an online meeting to be held on 19 Abril 2022. Chagas Coalition will co-host the event along with some of our partners.
DATE: 19 April 2022
TIME: 10:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. (EST)
TYPE: Virtual
(App Zoom)
Passcode: 547027 / Webinar ID: 820 4297 0962

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10:00 – 10:10 a.m.: Introduction and welcome. Dr. Luis Gerardo Castellanos, Director of the Neglected, Tropical and Vector Borne Diseases Unit, PAHO, and Mr. Javier Sancho, Coordinator of the Chagas Coalition
10:10 – 10:15 a.m.: Chagas Disease from a global perspective. Dr. Pedro Albajar, Programa Global de Chagas, Neglected Tropical Diseases department, WHO
10.15 – 10:25 a.m.: La Enfermedad de Chagas; dimensión y complejidad actual. MSc. Héctor Coto, Consultor del Programa de Entomología en Salud Pública, OPS. Video: Chagas la enfermedad silenciosa
10:25 – 10:30 a.m.: Chagas Disease and the control of its transmission from vectors. Dr. Roberto Chuit, Director of the Instituto de Epidemiologia, Academia Nacional de Medicina, Argentina. Video: Transmisión del Chagas desde las zonas rurales hacia las zonas urbanas
10:30 – 10:35 a.m.: Mother-to-child transmission of the Trypanosoma cruzi and the importance of the ETMI Plus. Dr. Jaime Altcheh, Director of the Servicio Parasitología - Chagas, Hospital de Niños Ricardo Gutiérrez. Video: Transmisión congénita de la enfermedad de Chagas 
10:35 – 10:40 a.m.: Transfusional transmission and from organ transplants of the Trypanosoma cruzi, a relevant challenge. Dr. Mauricio Beltrán, Regional Adviser Servicios de Sangre y Trasplantes, Medicamentos y Tecnologías Sanitarias, Sistemas y Servicios de Salud, PAHO. Video: Enfermedad de Chagas: transfusión de sangre
10:40 – 10:45 a.m.: Digestive transmission of the Trypanosoma cruzi by ingesting contaminated food. Dr. Mauricio Vera, Grupo de Enfermedades Endemo-epidémicas, Subdirección de Enfermedades Transmisibles, Ministerio de Salud, Colombia. Video ¿Cómo se transmite la enfermedad de Chagas?
10:45 – 11:00 a.m.: Access to innovation, alliances and new projects to stop the congenital transmission. Sra. Carmen Pérez, Senior Manager Strategy, UNITAID; Dra. María Jesús Pinazo, Director of the Chagas program, Iniciativa Medicamentos para Enfermedades Olvidadas (DNDi) and Lic. Marcelo Abril, Executive Director of the Mundo Sano Foundation 
11:00 – 11:10 a.m.: Time for Q & A and other suggestions
11:10 – 11:20 a.m.: Final Reflections. Elvira Idalia Hernández Cuevas, President of the FINDECHAGAS association 
11:20 – 11:30 a.m.: Closure. Dr. Luis Gerardo Castellanos, Director of the Neglected, Tropical and Vector Borne Diseases Unit, PAHO, and Mr. Javier Sancho, Coordinator of the Chagas Coalition