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:
The certification of interruption of vertical transmission of Trypanosoma cruzi by Triatoma infestans in Moquegua in September 2010.
On December 4, 2009, the interruption of the vector transmission of Trypanosoma cruzi by Triatoma infestans in Tacna, Peru was certified. This is the first area in Peru to reach this public health milestone.
Signed agreement between the Ministry of Health, PAHO and mayors of 25 districts in the 3 Departments to include funding for Chagas in their municipal development plans for the execution of health promotion, prevention and control activities (July 2008).
•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.Over 500 community surveillance posts have been created – integrated management of vectors.Includes an important social communication component for community mobilization.Generated a high degree of community participation in its action to increase the potential to sustain its actions and achievements.