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IDRC’s Ecosystem and Human Health Program

January 27, 2011


My colleagues at CEDIC are famous!  Dr. Antonieta Rojas de Arias and Dr. Miriam Rolon are featured in a video by the IDRC (International Development Research Centre) of Canada about the EcoHealth projects they funded in Latin America and the Caribbean.  CEDIC’s project investigates the vector for Chagas disease in the Paraguayan Chaco. Description of […]

Hanging around Mariscal

October 10, 2010

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I’m still working on Phase I of the plan I described earlier.  I need a signature from a VIP before I can head out to the study communities, and that person is difficult to track down. In the meantime, I’ve been staying with the Doctors Without Borders team in Mariscal!  I think there’s about 11 […]

What’s a Chaco?

September 28, 2010

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I keep referring to this “Chaco” place but I have yet to properly introduce you to it.  The “Gran Chaco” is an ecoregion located in the heart of South America that extends into Paraguay, Argentina, Bolivia, and Brazil.  It’s a semi-arid alluvial plain, meaning it’s hot, dry, and flat.  Less than 400mm of rain falls […]

Chagas in Arizona

August 27, 2010

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An interesting study by the University of Arizona came out earlier this year: Reisenman CE, Lawrence G, Guerenstein PG, Gregory T, Dotson E, Hildebrand JG.  Infection of kissing bugs with Trypanosoma cruzi, Tucson, Arizona, USA.  Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2010 March. The researchers collected triatomine bugs (the vector for Chagas disease) in and around human houses […]

Chagas in the Chaco

August 22, 2010

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My first trip to Paraguay was in July of 2009, when I volunteered with CEDIC (Centro para el Desarrollo de la Investigacion Cientifica), a non-profit research lab in Asuncion.  My main purpose while I was there (aside from improving my Spanish and checking out my future field site) was to add a sociocultural component to […]