About Our Research
Pilot Chagas Disease Control Program
The Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute has worked for several years with communities in Ecuador's Loja province to combat Chagas disease, which is caused by a parasite and is spread to humans through insects. A key to the project was community education.
Improving Safety of Blood Supply
Guarding a Precious Resource
Our Center for Infectious Disease Research in Ecuador serves as the center for a screening program we established for the blood banks of Ecuador. The program, initiated in 2003, helped establish better procedures and training within the blood service agencies in Ecuador.
Healthy Living Initiative
Helping Rural Communities
The Healthy Living Initative is a long-term project that aims to support the socioeconomic development of rural communities as the main tool for the control of Chagas disease in the province of Loja in southern Ecuador. With a holistic approach, this public health strategy looks to prevent the transmission of Chagas and other diseases associated with poverty by facilitating participatory processes of human development that are sustainable and sustained by the people involved.
Focusing on Disease's Biology
The malaria research group at the Center for Infectious Disease Research in Quito, Ecuador, is conducting studies on the molecular epidemiology of mosquitoes that carry the disease, and on drug resistance to the parasite that causes it.