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Any sites included on this page provide access to programs whose efforts to collect and disseminate information are endorsed by PAHO. The purpose of these links is to facilitate information exchange in the area of prevention and control of Chagas disease.

List prepared by Jun Nakagawa, joint Regional Advisor for PAHO and JICA / Japan International Cooperation Agency, partner in the Central American Initiative to Interrupt Vectoral and Transfusional Transmission of Chagas Diseases (IPCA *).

Online Chagas training course in Spanish: Curso virtual de capacitación médica en el diagnósitico, manejo y tratamiento de la enfermedad de Chagas
  1. WHA Resolutions on Chagas Disease
    Fifty-First World Health Assembly, Resolution A51/7: Disease Prevention and Control, Control of Tropical Diseases—Chagas Disease and Leprosy (5 March 1998): English   |   español   |   français
  2. WHO Resources on Chagas Disease
    1. Application of Residual Sprays for Vector Control (2000, PDF): English   |   español
    2. Chagas Disease: Report of a Study Group. WHO Technical Report Series 202 (1960, PDF):
      English   |   español
    3. Challenges of Chagas Disease Vector Control in Central America: Position paper that served as the basis for IPCA.
    4. Control of Chagas Disease: Second Report of the WHO Expert Committee. WHO Tecnical Report Series 905 (2002, PDF): English   |   español
    5. Equipment for Vector Control (WHO manual, 3rd ed., 1990, PDF): English   |   français
    6. Field Testing and Evaluation of Insecticides for Indoor Residual Spraying against Domestic Vectors of Chagas Disease: WHOPES Guidelines for Triatomine Control, written by C.J. Schofield, Global Collaboration for Development of Pesticides for Public Health (GCDPP) (2001, PDF).
    7. Past and Present of Chagas Vector Control and Future Needs: WHO Position paper from WHO/CDS (Communicable Disease Surveillance).
    8. TDR page on Chagas Disease (UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Tropical Disease Research).
    9. Vector Control: Methods for Use by Individuals and Communities (prepared by Jan A. Rozendaal, 1997, PDF): Introduction   |   Chapter 3: Triatomine Bugs: Vectors of Chagas Disease (pp. 33-59).
    10. WHO Pesticides Evaluation Scheme (WHOPES) (home page)
    11. WHOPES Guidelines for Testing Page
    12. WHOPES Equipment and Application Page
  3. Biblioteca Virtual Carlos Chagas (Carlos Chagas Virtual Library, site in Portuguese).
  4. CDC (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), Fact Sheet on Chagas Disease:
    English   |   español
  5. CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency): Partner in Central American Initiative IPCA and in South America as well (e.g. Bolivia). (bilingual site: en français, ACDI   |   Bolivie
  6. European Community
    1. Chagas Disease Intervention Activities—European Community (CDIA-EC) home page
    2. ECLAT: European Community—Latin American Network for Research on the Biology and Control of Triatominae: Network participating in all Regional initiatives to fight Chagas disease in the Americas. (bilingual site, English-Spanish)
  7. IDB (Inter American Development Bank), link to Chagas Project in Bolivia, involving a loan of US$ 25 million in one of the largest investment in the Americas made by international organizations: Summary   |   Map   |   Bolivian Epidemiological Shield and Support for Health-Sector Reform   |   versión en español
  8. JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency): Main collaborator in Central American Initiative IPCA.
  9. The ChagasSpace Group: English   |   español
  10. The Kiss of Death: Chagas Disease in the Americas: Fact sheet on Chagas in the Americas, summary of book containing results of Bolivian study done by Dr. Joseph Bastien.
  11. Lent, Herman, & Pedro W. Wygodzinsky (1979), Revision of the Triatominae (Hemiptera, Reduviidae), and their significance as vectors of Chagas' disease. Bulletin of the AMNH; v. 163, article 3. This is the bible for researchers working on Chagas disease vector control. It is an old book but has everything you want to know about the assasin bug. It is over 400 pages and includes many photos and illustrations. It can be downloaded from the website of the American Museum of Natural History Research Library.

* IPCA = acronym from the Spanish Iniciativa de los Países de Centro América para la Interrupción de la Transmisión Vectorial y Transfusional de la Enfermedad de Chagas