Paraguay 2012 © Anna Surinyach/MSF
Despite the fact that it affects hundreds of thousands of people in South America and elsewhere, Chagas disease has long been what the World Health Organization calls a “neglected tropical disease,” and the vast majority of affected people lack access to diagnosis and treatment. Emilio Abraham had heard about Chagas but he only learned he had the disease when MSF arrived in the community a few months ago. “Before, I felt my heart ached, when I ate something salty, when I walked,” he explains, but he did not know why.