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Revista Cubana de Salud Pública

versión impresa ISSN 0864-3466versión On-line ISSN 1561-3127


GUADALUPE PEREZ, Silvia María; HERNANDEZ MELENDREZ, Edelsys  y  RODRIGUEZ CABRERA, Aida. Chagas´s disease as a social remainder in health care. Rev Cubana Salud Pública [online]. 2011, vol.37, n.1. ISSN 0864-3466.

Chagas´ disease is a health problem inherent to the rural and suburban areas and very much linked to poverty. The implementation of policies and strategies that eradicate its presence in the affected countries will solve this problem. In Tabasco, Mexico, this disease still persists as a social stigma. This is the reason why the determining factors of the disease, its significance as a social remainder in health and the bioethical implications stemming from the performance of the health services in relation to the affected population were all assessed in this paper. This paper resulted from a documentary review which showed how this disease needs to be urgently addressed from a social and medical paradigm. The latter will allow analyzing the disease from a multi-and interdisciplinary perspective in order to develop comprehensive prevention ranging from diagnosis to rehabilitation, both individually and collectively, with emphasis on the specific protection of the population. Also, the need of redesigning the health organizations to turn them into more functional, efficient and effective bodies were emphasized, so that they take into account the ethical principles, the values and the interests of the population and reflect the commitment and the actions to eradicate this disease in Tabasco.

Palabras clave : Chagas´ disease; health paradigm; health ethics.

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