The Chagas project seeks to bring attention and intervention to a preventable disease affecting the rural poor and improve food security by providing new skills and supplies for families to produce in orchards, raise small animals, and produce honey for consumption and marketing. Support this project through financial contributions and prayer.
Chagas disease is a silent killer among the poor in Bolivia. Bolivia, one of the poorest countries in South America, has the greatest number of cases globally with about 10% of the population infected. It transmits by the Vinchuca insect, which thrives in adobe walls and thatched roofs, common materials used in Bolivian homes. The parasite enters the bloodstream and can live undetected for decades while quietly destroying internal organs, especially the heart. If detected early, Chagas is treatable.
With simple home renovations, re-infection is preventable. However, the costs for medical care and construction supplies are far beyond the means of the people most affected. CBM’s Chagas project provides prevention education and treatment of the disease together with local communities and agencies. With the help of volunteers through the local church, home renovations and treatment are provided through this project.