Chagas disease is considered one of the more silenced diseases among the wider group of neglected tropical diseases. It is estimated that between 6 to 8 million people worldwide are infected with Chagas disease, and over 75 million people are at risk of contracting the disease. However, less than 10% of people affected have been diagnosed, and of those diagnosed, less than 1% have received proper treatment. Each year, approximately 12,000 people die from complications due to the disease.
Vertical transmission of Chagas disease is responsible for about a third of new cases annually, with 8,000 to 15,000 babies infected during pregnancy or childbirth.
Chagas disease can be treated and cured if detected in time. Increasing prevention and control measures is crucial to guarantee the right to healthcare for people affected.