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TDI reports from the field on the Healthy Living Project
in Ecuador

A team from Ohio University led by Mario Grijalva, Ph.D., professor of microbiology and director of Tropical Disease Institute at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, are posting their “Reports from the Field” about the progress on their Healthy Living Project, a long-term initiative that aims to support the socioeconomic development of rural communities affected by 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. During the last 10 years, Dr. Grijalva, has been working constantly on the initiative against Chagas disease as well as Healthy Living project, which include the organization of study aboard program for students of multidisciplinary backgrounds.

There have been hundreds of students coming to Loja province and working on the field with the communities in both scientific and social researches. The project has been so far involving with six components of health, security, housing, education, and economic development. The comprehensive and community-involved perspectives are the main factors contributing to the effectiveness and exhaustiveness of the project.

The reports will continue throughout the project and include lot of pictures, project descriptions and progress, local interest and videos. Bookmark them today and be sure to check in regularly!

Read more about TDI’s efforts to fight Chagas disease.

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Last updated: 01/28/2016