Fighting vector-borne diseases in Latin America

22/06/2011, Guadalajara, Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean

On October 17-18, 2010, 45 researchers and policymakers from 10 Latin American countries met in Guadalajara, Mexico to present results of research on the transmission of dengue, malaria, and Chagas disease and discus ecohealth research methods. This regional reflection was organized by IDRC and the Tropical Disease Research Program of the World Health Organization. It consolidated the work of the Communicable Diseases in Latin America and the Caribbean (CD LAC) network and enabled exchanges with teams using an eco-bio-social approach.

The 16 teams confirmed the usefulness of inter-sectoral, participatory, equity-focused, and evidence-based disease prevention and control interventions. Their experiences underline the benefits of involving research-users from the start of activities.

Read the workshop report (in Spanish) or glimpse the proceedings through a short video (in Spanish)

The researchers also contributed to the 1st International Congress on Environmental Health that followed the workshop.

Watch a compelling video about the CD LAC network. This initiative was funded by IDRC in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with technical support from the Pan American Health Organisation. Read more about the eco-bio-social approach and the teams involved.

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