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The Tarija project stands out for its education of the local populace about Chagas' disease. José Beltran is the leading educator in this project. Sensano and Beltran are highlighted in these projects because they illustrate what individual Bolivians are doing. These projects serve to help create an improved model that reaches more people more economically and within the cultural context of the community. I observed other projects, which were heavily funded, hastily done, and had limited effect on Chagas' control.

It provided a primary health care infrastructure into which Chagas' control was included. Ruth Sensano organized this infrastructure. The Tarija project stands out for its education of the local populace about Chagas' disease. José Beltran is the leading educator in this project. Sensano and Beltran are highlighted in these projects because they illustrate what individual Bolivians are doing. These projects serve to help create an improved model that reaches more people more economically and within the cultural context of the community.

M. Forde showed that Trypanosoma bruceigambiense caused sleeping sickness in 1902, providing a pathogenic agent rather than African laziness as its cause. The microscope did for the minuscule world what the telescope did for the universe: it changed beliefs in origins of disease and cosmic phenomena. The sequel to these discoveries, however, is that tropical diseases remain as prevalent as ever. The impoverished tropics aren't considered profitable enough for the investment of wide-scale remedies.

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