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Coalition Aims To Give Voice To Millions Of People Living With Chagas In The Americas

Huffington Post: Chagas Disease: Urgent Measures Are Needed
Peter Hotez, founding dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine

“…[T]oday approximately 100 million people in the Western Hemisphere also live on less than $2 per day. About 10 percent of these ‘bottom 100 million’ currently live with a serious and life-threatening neglected disease known as Chagas disease or American trypanosomiasis. … In response to this public health crisis, a Global Chagas Disease Coalition of organizations has been established … Our coalition is calling for urgent measures to increase access for patients to diagnostic testing and essential medicines to treat Chagas disease, support for research and development for new and improved drugs, diagnostics, vaccines and other health technologies, and expanded efforts for transmission control. … It would be amazing and life-saving to turn this situation around in 2014. Chagas disease is silently devastating millions of people throughout the Americas — we need to give a voice to those most in need” (1/28).