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|Chagas disease activities|
PCPCD activities in Peru support the lines of action of the “Macroregional Plan for the Elimination of Triatoma infestans and the Interruption of Transfusional Transmission of Trypanosoma cruzi,” which targets the southern region of the country. The Plan contains specific activities for the early diagnosis and timely treatment of the disease, screening of blood donors through serological testing, institutional management, and operational research. It also includes health promotion and education, community participation, elimination of Triatoma infestans, and epidemiological surveillance, which are the areas that the Program supports.
The PCPCD began in December 2002 in 2 districts in the Department of Arequipa. Based on the achievement of its results and political support, the Program has expanded to 15 districts in Arequipa as well as to include the Departments of Moquegua and Tacna in 2005 and 2006.
The project has achieved the following:
•Additional districts were added from the two original districts in Arequipa (Hunter and Tiabaya) to reach a total of 15 districts in Arequipa, 8 in Moquegua and 8 in Tacna.
Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization