ISGlobal and the Probitas Foundation sign an agreement to improve the local health system in Paraguay
- ISGlobal's Chagas Initiative has been collaborating with the Paraguayan authorities since 2020 in the areas of research, knowledge exchange and access to care.
- The Probitas Foundation with the Global Laboratory Initiative (GLI) program, which has 31 diagnostic laboratories in 14 countries, seeks to improve access to health in regions with precarious health systems.
On March 16th, 2022, the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) and the Probitas Foundation signed a partnership agreement that aims to strengthen the health system at the local level in Paraguay.
Currently, 30% of the population of this country living in endemic areas is exposed to infection by T. cruzi, the parasite responsible for Chagas disease, and more than 165,000 people suffer from the disease. Through this collaboration agreement, ISGlobal and the Probitas Foundation have set out to improve access, coverage, and quality of diagnosis of Chagas, as well as other prevalent diseases, in the Presidente Hayes department of Paraguay.
The agreement contemplates strengthening the network of laboratories to improve the decentralized diagnosis of infection by T. cruzi and other diseases, especially those that most affect children; as well as promoting the demand for health services by affected communities through participatory dynamics. In addition, work will also be done to improve the knowledge of prevalence data and to strengthen information systems at the local level through the implementation of the GLI software laboratory management program created by the Probitas Foundation.
Dr. Anna Veiga, general director of the Probitas Foundation, highlights that "the GLI program, whose objective is to improve access to quality health care, guarantees the technical development of laboratories, as well as the training of people in the area that guarantee their long-term operation. We are very proud to collaborate with ISGlobal to develop this new GLI in Paraguay."
"ISGlobal and the Probitas Foundation share the same mission: to improve the health of the most vulnerable populations on the planet. We are pleased, once again, to join forces to strengthen access to diagnosis and strengthen the health system in a strategic country for ISGlobal, such as Paraguay, with which we have acquired a deep commitment in recent years," said Antoni Plasència, General Director of ISGlobal.
In the 12 years of operation of the GLI program, the Probitas Foundation has promoted the development of 31 diagnostic laboratories in 14 different countries. The project seeks to have a high impact on the community and ensure its sustainability over time, which is why it invests in the training of local health workers.
ISGlobal's Chagas Initiative has been collaborating with the Paraguayan authorities since 2020 in the areas of research, knowledge exchange and access to care. Throughout 2021, ISGlobal collaborated in the elaboration of the first Chagas management guides in the country and promoted a Triangular Cooperation project between Bolivia, Paraguay and Spain that aimed to exchange knowledge between professionals trained in the Chagas Platform of Bolivia and their Paraguayan peers. In 2015, ISGlobal and the Probitas Foundation collaborated in the strengthening of several laboratories in the department of Cochabamba (Bolivia) that represented an advance in health policies in relation to the diagnosis and treatment of Chagas.