Today is World Chagas Disease Day. A day meant to raise awareness on neglected tropical diseases. The 72nd World Health Assembly approved of the World Chagas Disease Day which aims, among others, to raise public awareness of this neglected tropical disease, NTDs that affects mainly poor people.
Chagas disease has also been termed as a “silent and silenced disease”, not only because of its slowly progressing clinical course but also because it affects mainly poor people who have no political voice or access to health care.
World Chagas Disease Day, observed on April 14, each year is a reminder in history in 1909, when the first patient, a Brazilian girl named Berenice Soares de Moura, was diagnosed for this disease by Dr Carlos Ribeiro Justiniano Chagas.