World Chagas Disease Day: Celebrating for the first time in 2020

The global community is planning for the first time to celebrate 14 April as World Chagas Disease Day. One of the objectives is to increase the visibility and public awareness of people suffering from Chagas Disease and the services needed to prevent, control or eliminate the disease.


by Niranjani Jesentha Kumari Prabagararaj

Updated: Apr 14, 2020 14:12 IST

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About Chagas Disease

The disease can be transmitted through vector transmission (T. cruzi parasites are transmitted mainly by contact with faeces / urine of infected blood-sucking triatomine bugs. These bugs, vectors that carry the parasites, usually live in the wall or roof cracks of poorly developed homes in rural or suburban areas. They usually hide during the day and become involved at night, feeding on human blood. Typically, they bite an exposed region of skin like the nose, and the bug defecates near the bite. The parasites enter the body when the person smears the bug faeces or urine unconsciously into the bite, eyes, mouth, or any skin break) tainted food, blood or blood products transfusion, transfusion from an infected mother to her child, and organ transplantation and even laboratory accidents.

The International Federation of Associations of People Affected by Chagas Disease initiated a proposal to declare 14 April as World Chagas Disease Day. Celebrating World Chagas Disease Day on April 14 will provide an unique opportunity for this and other neglected tropical diseases to give a global voice.

WHO updates on World Chagas Disease Day Protection Status