Integrated control of leishmaniosis in Ecuador

Ecuador

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Início: March 2013
End: June 2017
Cost: 188,472€ (AMI: 46,115)
Partners: Centro Internacional de Zooneses (CIZ) (in association with the Center of Biomedicine of the Central University of Ecuador, the Ministry of Health of Ecuador and the Kuvin Center for the Study of Tropical and Infectious Diseases of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Beneficiaries: Directly benefits about 10,000 people, of whom about 35% (3200-3700) are children under the age of 14. It is expected that at least 1,500 cases will be treated, 45 health workers and an equal number of sanitation workers be trained in the environmental field to prevent further infections.

Health care for diseases caused by cutaneous and mucocutaneous leishmaniosis

Leishmaniosis is a neglected disease that affects the poorest sections of society, especially children in rural Ecuador, as they are less likely to have obtained immunity in the past. The communities selected by AMI´s project are in an endemic area, with 35% of its population being children. Hence the need to develop basic and applied research to perform the early diagnosis of CL in children and to optimize treatment protocols among selected rural communities, reducing the burden of diseases caused by CL and CML and its transmission through an integrated approach in the disease´s management, improving the region´s public health. In the end, an environmental intervention strategy will be designed to be implemented by the community.

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