World Cup In Brazil Provides Opportunity To Shed Light On Chagas Disease
Huffington Post: Chagas Disease: A 2014 World Cup Yellow Card
Peter Hotez, founding dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine, and Bernard Pécoul, executive director of the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi)
“…Today, three-quarters of the world’s Chagas disease patients live in the nine Latin American countries that will be represented in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Another 375,000 patients live in the United States where there is also evidence for Chagas disease transmission among the poor and in Spain, the most affected European country. … Ultimately, solving the Chagas disease problem in the Americas will require new public policies and the active participation of an alliance that includes governments, academia, affected communities, patient advocacy groups, the medical community, and the pharmaceutical industry…” (5/22).