TDI reports from the field on the Healthy Living
team from Ohio University led by Mario Grijalva, Ph.D.,
professor of microbiology and director of Tropical Disease Institute
at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, are posting their
“Reports from the Field” about the progress on their Healthy Living
Project, a long-term initiative that aims to support the
socioeconomic development of rural communities affected by Chagas
disease in the province of Loja in southern Ecuador.
With a holistic approach, this public health strategy looks to
prevent the transmission of Chagas and other diseases “associated
with poverty” by facilitating participatory processes of human
development that are sustainable and sustained by the people
involved. During the last 10 years, Dr. Grijalva, has been working
constantly on the initiative against Chagas disease as well as
Healthy Living project, which include the organization of study
aboard program for students of multidisciplinary backgrounds.
There have been hundreds of students coming to Loja province and
working on the field with the communities in both scientific and
social researches. The project has been so far involving with six
components of health, security, housing, education, and economic
development. The comprehensive and community-involved perspectives
are the main factors contributing to the effectiveness and
exhaustiveness of the project.
The reports will continue throughout the project and include lot of
pictures, project descriptions and progress, local interest and
videos. Bookmark them today and be sure to check in regularly!
Read more about TDI’s efforts to fight Chagas disease.