World Chagas Disease Day 2025

Monday, April 14, 2025

World Chagas Disease Day 2025: Fight the Silent Epidemic

World Chagas Disease Day, observed annually on April 14th, brings global attention to Chagas disease, a neglected tropical disease that disproportionately affects the poor and marginalized, often those without access to healthcare or a political voice. First recognized in 2020, the day aims to raise awareness, promote early detection and treatment, and advocate for the interruption of its transmission, emphasizing the disease's slow, often asymptomatic progression which, without treatment, can lead to severe complications and even death.

Understanding Chagas Disease

Chagas disease, caused by the Trypanosoma cruzi parasite, is transmitted through the bite of infected triatomine bugs, blood transfusions, contaminated food or drink, and from mother to child during pregnancy. Known as the "silent or silenced disease," it can cause life-threatening cardiac and digestive system damage if not treated early.

The Significance of World Chagas Disease Day

This day serves as a critical platform for:

Raising Awareness: Highlighting the impact of Chagas disease and the need for global attention.

Promoting Early Detection and Treatment: Encouraging access to diagnostics and treatment to prevent long-term complications.

Advocating for Comprehensive Care: Ensuring all affected individuals, regardless of their socio-economic status, have access to necessary healthcare services.

Interrupting Transmission: Supporting efforts to improve living conditions and educate at-risk populations to prevent disease spread.

2024 Theme: Uniting Against the Silent Disease

The theme calls for worldwide solidarity and action to address this public health challenge, stressing the importance of collaboration across nations, sectors, and communities to combat Chagas disease effectively.

Alignment with Sustainable Development Goals

World Chagas Disease Day aligns with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly:

SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-being): By focusing on the eradication of Chagas disease, the initiative contributes to improving health and well-being for millions of individuals, highlighting the need for universal health coverage and access to quality healthcare services.

SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities): The day emphasizes the importance of addressing health disparities and ensuring that healthcare resources are accessible to all, particularly targeting diseases that disproportionately affect marginalized communities.

SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals): It underscores the critical role of partnerships in tackling global health challenges, leveraging collective action for a broader impact.

Get Involved

Engagement can range from educating oneself and others, participating in or organizing awareness events, supporting research and development, to advocating for policy changes that prioritize Chagas disease on health agendas worldwide.

World Chagas Disease Day 2025 is a call to action to unite against this silent epidemic. Through increased awareness, advocacy for access to care, and a commitment to research and policy change, we can make strides in eliminating Chagas disease and improving health outcomes for affected populations globally.

Year Theme About
2020 Let’s make Chagas Disease visible now For the first time, the global community is celebrating World Chagas Disease Day. Chagas disease, also called American trypanosomiasis, has been termed as a “silent and silenced disease”. Raising awareness and the profile of this neglected tropical disease is essential to improve rates of early treatment and cure.
2021 Comprehensive, equitable health care services for all people affected by Chagas Disease In 2021, we are shining a spotlight on Chagas disease and calling for comprehensive and equitable access to health care and services for everyone affected by the disease.
2022 Finding and reporting every case to defeat Chagas disease In 2022, the theme is finding and reporting every case to defeat Chagas disease, aiming to improve detection rates and access to healthcare for all affected by the disease.
2023 Time to integrate Chagas disease into primary health care The theme for 2023 is time to integrate Chagas disease into primary health care, emphasizing the need for universal care and surveillance starting at the decentralized level of the health system.
2024 Tackling Chagas disease: Detect early and care for life In 2024, the focus is on tackling Chagas disease by increasing public awareness, securing funding, and providing early diagnosis and comprehensive follow-up care initiatives.