Words are not scary: Fighting the Chagas disease with innovation

Words are not scary: Fighting the Chagas disease with innovation

Friday, 23rd November 2018

Last Wednesday, the “WHO Meeting of Partners and Stakeholders for the control and elimination of Chagas disease” was held at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, where Dr. Jordi Serrano Pons, on behalf of UniversalDoctor, was honored to participate as one of the Partners of the WHO Chagas Unit.

Different initiatives related to innovative instruments and strategies were presented at this Meeting led by Dr. Pedro Albajar with the objective of pushing the Agenda for the Control/Elimination of Chagas disease:

1) Chagas disease control and elimination – Review of epidemiological definitions and updated objectives: According to WHO: “Chagas disease, also called American trypanosomiasis, is a life-threatening disease caused by the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi. There are between 6 and 7 million people infected with Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite that causes Chagas disease Chagas disease is found mainly in endemic areas of 21 countries in Latin America, where it is transmitted to humans primarily by faeces or urine of triatomine insects known as vinchucas, chinches or with many other names, according to the geographical zone.”


Dr. Lise Grout detailed the WHO objectives for 2030 very precisely.

2) Awareness, detection and research through a dual epidemiology approach in a mobile App: Dr. Jordi Serrano Pons presented a new collaboration of UniversalDoctor with the WHO and detailed the work we are doing with the Chagas unit developing Applications and Chatbots to create an Information Hub that helps improve knowledge, detection and research among health professionals and patients.


We want to highlight the concept of “Missed Opportunity” in all these types of tools: It is very important that a cardiologist or a family doctor does not miss the opportunity to make a possible Chagas disease diagnosis. With digital tools, particularly an educational chatbot that we are building, we want to ensure that these “Missed Opportunities” do not occur.


3) Business Process Management System of medical supplies, related documents and epidemiological information.

Dr. Albert Abello of the UPC explained the control system for the elimination of NTDs (Neglected Tropical Diseases) that are being developed jointly with WHO.


Words are not scary

During the seminar: “WHO Seminar at lunch time on information, education and communication for the control / elimination of Chagas disease and Beat Chagas”, directed by Dr. Jordi Gómez, the singer Jofre Bardagi sang the song : Words are not scary.

This song has been supported and sung by well-known singers such as Juan Manuel Serrat and Rosana among others. (in the photo below the singer Jofre Bardagi singing in room B of the WHO).


Partners and Stakeholders Support:

The number of Partners in this alliance is diverse and in some cases they are Partners of great significance in the world of research in the healthcare domain, including institutions such as Mundo Sano, Chagas Coalition, DNDi-Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative, FIND-, PROSICS, Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya, National Control Program of Qualidade (Brazil), ISGlobal, Probitas Foundation, Bayer, Sanofi, Sapienza University, CONICET, among others.

It is an honor for UniversalDoctor to work with all of them on the WHO Agenda for the Control / Elimination of Chagas disease.


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