How One Family Learned to Fight Chagas Disease and Won

High in the mountains of Bolivia, in a very simple one-room adobe home, Mayra lives with her grandmother, Valentina. The Retamani community where they live is remote, and the adobe homes are a breeding ground for Chagas disease.

Chagas is a potentially life-threatening illness caused by the protozoan parasite and is transferred to humans via the triatomine bug, also known as a ‘kissing bug.’

Mayra’s parents abandoned her with her grandmother five years ago. In an area where most families make less than $1 a day, Valentina has struggled to raise her granddaughter.

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Fighting a Silent Killer in Bolivia: World Chagas Day 2018

World Chagas Day is tomorrow, April 14.

This world health day is designed to raise awareness of a rarely talked about and frequently silenced disease. Chagas is considered silenced because its transmission is linked to poverty and its magnitude, even in the 21st century, is largely unknown.

Shockingly, there are 25 million people at risk. More than eight million people infected with Chagas worldwide. And, more than 10,000 people die every year from the manifestations of this neglected tropical disease. Caused by the protozoan parasite, it is transferred to humans via the triatomine bug, also known as the “kissing bug.”

But there is hope for this quiet killer.

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