Wilma Perez writes for La Razon, the Chagas disease may face new alternatives to overcome it:
World experts discuss clinical advances for Chagas disease
Event. Cochabamba is the symposium which ends the 19
National and international specialists gather since yesterday in Cochabamba to discuss, visualize and analyze the clinical treatments and medical research on Chagas disease. The event will be held until April 19.
The national Chagas Program Manager, Max Enríquez, reported that experts will evaluate the adverse reactions of drugs and advances in terms of less harmful drugs, among others.
The event is called “Chagas week – unattended disease” and where experiences will be exchanged, how other countries are facing the disease and we will also have national data”, said.
The international event will bring together 40 experts, grouped in the global coalition of disease comprised by Drug Neglected Diseases initiatives (DNDi), the Carlos Slim Health Institute, CEADES, Médecins sans Frontières, the Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), Mundo Sano, Barcelona as well as authorities of the Ministry of Health.
According to the Organization Doctors Without Borders, in Bolivia there would be a million people living with the disease, but many do not know they have it. The State attends to people who are diagnosed with Chagas disease with free delivery of medication.
Vice-Minister of the area, Martín Maturano, argued that the challenge that the country has is to track down the treatments patients receive, because the infestation of the vinchuca (insect transmitted disease) in the houses fell.
“In terms of infestation of the insect in the houses, we have reduced, that is why La Paz and Potosi are free of Chagas disease; “However, we still get cases of infected people and track those who receive treatment, so we are creating centers of care and follow-up”, said. The international symposium will be opened, officially, today [4/16/13] in the Faculty of Medicine of the Universidad Mayor de San Simon of Cochabamba.