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Pilot Chagas Disease Control Program

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Stalking a Silent Killer

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

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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.

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Healthy Living Initiative

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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.

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