[October 2, 2009]
Los Angeles, USA
MSF Special Report
Millions of people are infected with Chagas disease and do not know it. They can die in silence, without asking for help, without knowing why. It´s time to act: diagnose and treat now!
One hundred years of neglected patients
This year, 2009, marks the centenary of the discovery by the Brazilian doctor Carlos Chagas of the disease which bears his name. In 1909, Dr. Chagas announced to the world the existence of a new infectious disease. The previous year, he had discovered the parasite which causes it and the vector by which it is transmitted. His triple discovery is considered unique in the history of medicine.
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DNDi Chagas Campaign
Wake Up! Time to Treat Chagas Disease
One hundred years after the discovery of the disease, diagnostics and treatments are inadequate
New diagnostics and treatments are urgently needed
The two drugs currently available to treat Chagas were developed more than 35 years ago, are known to be toxic and have an unsatisfactory cure rate, especially in the chronic phase. In addition, no pediatric formulation is currently available, even though the acute form of the disease primarily afflicts children – and kills 5% of children who are infected. Significant investments in research and development are needed in order to make a difference for Chagas patients in the future.
MSF/DNDi Policy Paper
Chagas Disease: Break the Silence – Time to Treat