An interdisciplinary group, brought together by researchers at Universidad del Valle, in Guatemala, implemented a project in the municipality of Comapa designed to reduce the likelihood of homes being re-infested by the vector of Chagas disease, by providing the community with tools for managing the animals on which the vector feeds. The initiative also sought to improve diagnosis and treatment of patients with Chagas disease at the Comapa Health Center. In addition, the program has helped reduce mother-to-child transmission of the disease, using a strategy that could also prove effective in preventing transmission of the Zika virus.

The project improved interactions between the municipality, which is responsible for vector control, and the Comapa Health Center.

Links

— Social Innovation in Health Initiative in Latin America and the Caribbean 
Social Innovation in Health Initiative