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The Neglected, Tropical and Vector Borne Diseases (CHA/VT), part of the Department of Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis (CHA), is the group inside PAHO assigned to the area of infectious disease; surveillance, prevention, and control. The focus and activities of the project—mission, aims, strategies, and lines of action—are summarized in this fact sheet.

Growing up without parasites

Intestinal parasites are a threat to child growth and development. They cause malnutrition, anemia and other illnesses that lead to absenteeism and poor performance in school. In Latin America and the Caribbean, 46 million children are at risk. Watch this video to learn more about parasites from three students who received preventive treatment as part of a campaign carried out by the Honduran government with support from PAHO/WHO and Canada.


:: Mandates and Strategies

Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis Department
Neglected, Tropical and Vector Borne Diseases Unit

Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization
525 Twenty-third Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037, United States of America
Tel.: +1 (202) 974-3000 Fax: +1 (202) 974-3663

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