ISGlobal has created a new online tool to provide information to the public about Chagas disease. The website at www.infochagas.org provides answers to the questions most commonly asked about this neglected disease that affects about 8 million people worldwide, most of whom live in Latin America.
The content was selected mainly to resolve the doubts of the general public and the population at risk for the disease, and all the materials have been designed to be accessible to all audiences. The web features numerous videos in which experts explain different aspects of the disease and includes a test that anyone can take to find out whether they should be tested for Chagas disease.
All the information on www.infochagas.org, which is available in both English and Spanish, has been approved by the scientific team of the ISGlobal Chagas Initiative. In addition to the main sections targeting the general public, the website also has a section for professionals that provides authoritative information about the disease for medical professionals and researchers.
The website was officially presented at the meeting of the DNDi Chagas Platform held on August 9, 2014 in Mexico City during the International Congress of Parasitology (ICOPA).
Meeting of the Global Chagas Disease Coalition
Another satellite event at ICOPA 2014 was the "Let's Raise Our Voices" meeting, a new initiative organised by the Global Chagas Disease Coalition to promote a partnership between governments, social organisations, doctors, researchers, and civil society. The purpose of these meetings is to discuss simple measures that facilitate access to diagnosis and treatment for patients with the disease
The Coalition emphasises the fact that 99% of the 8 million patients in the world who have Chagas disease are not being treated. The participants at the meeting in Mexico discussed a number of measures that would promote the diagnosis of the disease and provide treatment for those affected, guaranteeing accessible and quality care.