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LET’S TALK ABOUT CHAGAS WITH JUANA AND MATEO

EPISODE 1: THE BASICS

Juana and Mateo interview Miss Matilde in the classroom. She gives a general overview of the subject, describes the vector transmission cycle and talks about why we shouldn’t discriminate against people with Chagas disease.

LET’S TALK ABOUT CHAGAS WITH JUANA AND MATEO

EPISODE 2: BUGS

Juana and Mateo interview Pedro, a neighbour who used to be a “vinchuquero” (a local Chagas disease control officer). At his home, Pedro explains the life cycle of kissing bugs, how people pick up the parasite that causes Chagas disease and how they transmit it.

LET’S TALK ABOUT CHAGAS WITH JUANA AND MATEO

EPISODE 3: HEALTH AND DISEASE

At the health centre, Juana and Mateo interview Dr Sonia, who gives details on the disease and explains what we mean when we talk about health problems.

LET’S TALK ABOUT CHAGAS WITH JUANA AND MATEO

EPISODE 4: PREGNANCY

Juana and Mateo conduct an interview at their neighbour Cecilia’s house. She talks about how she contracted Chagas disease, what she did to prevent her children developing the disease and the need to get tested during pregnancy.

LET’S TALK ABOUT CHAGAS WITH JUANA AND MATEO

EPISODE 5: PREVENTION

The interview takes place on Mateo’s grandparents’ porch. While drinking yerba mate, Julio and Marta answer questions, talk about life in the countryside and explain the importance of cleaning to keep kissing bugs away.

LET’S TALK ABOUT CHAGAS WITH JUANA AND MATEO

EPISODE 6: HOMES

Juana and Mateo interview Cristian, who is building an adobe brick house. Cristian explains what construction workers have to do to avoid bugs getting into houses, emphasizing that attention should be paid to how houses are built rather than the materials used to build them.

LET’S TALK ABOUT CHAGAS WITH JUANA AND MATEO

EPISODE 7: THE CITY

Juana and Mateo use the telephone to interview Hermes, a family friend who lives in the city and has Chagas disease. Hermes talks about how he contracted the disease and what it’s like living in a city with this particular health problem while staying as healthy as possible and coping with his reality as best he can.

LET’S TALK ABOUT CHAGAS WITH JUANA AND MATEO

EPISODE 8: HISTORY

In the classroom, Juana and Mateo interview Carlos, a historian, together with their teacher and classmates. Carlos shares information about different historical aspects of the subject. He talks about Darwin, Latin American mummies, Carlos Chagas and Salvador Mazza. To everyone’s surprise, Mateo reflects on the wealth of knowledge on Chagas disease and how the condition continues to be a problem for so many people.