Pilot Project Using ICTs to Monitor Chagas' Disease in Argentina, Bolivia and Brazil

Chagas Mazza disease constitutes one of the most serious but least publicized public health problems in Latin America. The disease occurs in 15 countries and is constantly expanding its geographical reach. There are no reliable statistics on the prevalence of Chagas', but it is estimated to affect approximately 18 million people on the continent of South America, and to occasion 43 000 deaths per year. Transmitted by the vector Triatoma infestans, it is primarily a disease of the poor. Current efforts to combat the disease include health education and testing pregnant women for Trypanosoma cruzi. Information and communication technologies (ICT) - such as real-time compilation and reporting of data - could facilitate the monitoring of Chagas' disease, and promote more effective policy to combat it.

This grant will support an ICT-facilitated pilot project in epidemiologic surveillance of Chagas' disease at four locations in Argentina, Bolivia and Brazil.

Project ID

103818

Project status

Closed

Start Date

Saturday, March 1, 2008

End Date

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Duration

24 months

IDRC Officer

Petrazzini, Ben

Total funding

CA$ 596,172

Countries

Argentina, South America, Bolivia, Brazil, North and Central America

Program

Networked Economies

Project Leader

Cecilia Cravero

Institution

Sociedad Argentina de Cardiologia

Institution Country

Argentina

Institution Website

http://www.sac.org.ar