Chagas disease is far and away Latin America’s deadliest parasitic disease, affecting 10 million people worldwide. Only two drugs are available to treat the disease, both developed over 40 years ago and not specifically for Chagas. It is possible to both diagnose and treat Chagas, but in too many cases, people living in the isolated regions where the disease proliferates cannot access the care and testing they need to protect themselves.
Since 1999, MSF has been working with Chagas patients in numerous countries and advocating for more targeted R&D, along with more aggressive national health policies. VII Photo’s Seamus Murphy visited Paraguay to document the impact of Chagas.