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The Pan American Health Organization certified Uruguay as the only country in Latin America free of Triatoma infestans as a public health problem. The insect that transmits Chagas disease, known as the kissing bug, lives in mud huts, especially in rural areas and affects 40,000 people in the country. The President Mujica advocated for the public to be alert to continue in this status and relapse. More on: Uruguay is the first country in Latin America free of the insect that transmits Chagas disease (in Spanish)

Last Updated on Friday, 25 May 2012 11:38

WHO urges governments to increase investment to tackle neglected tropical diseases

19 FEBRUARY 2015 ¦GENEVA/LONDON/ADDIS ABABA –  The World Health Organization (WHO) urges affected countries to scale up their investment in tackling 17 neglected tropical diseases in order to improve the health and well-being of more than 1.5 billion people. This investment would represent as little as 0.1% of current domestic expenditure on health in affected low and middle income countries for the period 2015-2030.

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