WHA resolution on Chagas’ disease should not ignore diagnosis and treatment, say charitiesBMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c2691 (Published 19 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2691
- Peter Moszynski
A new drive by the World Health Organization to control Chagas’ disease will be a “missed opportunity” if it focuses only on prevention and fails to promote diagnosis and treatment, claim the health charities Médecins Sans Frontières and the Drugs for Neglected Disease Initiative.
American trypanosomiasis, better known as Chagas’ disease, affects an estimated 18 million people worldwide annually. Each year it kills up to 50 000 people, who often didn’t know they had the disease.
In Central and South America the disease kills more people than any other parasite-borne infection, including malaria. Increased migration means that a growing number of cases is being reported in the United States, Europe, Australia, and Japan.