“Break the silence. Beat Chagas disease” (I)
Lionel Messi stars in the first advert for the “Break the silence. Beat Chagas disease” awareness campaign developed by the FC Barcelona Foundation (FFCB), the Leo Messi Foundation (FLM), the Catalonian Cooperation and Development Agency of the Government of Catalonia (ACCD), and the Drassanes/Vall d’Hebron International Health Unit, part of the Catalonian Institute of Health’s International Health Programme (PROSICS), in collaboration with the Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Federation of Associations of People Affected by Chagas Disease (FINDECHAGAS).
“Break the silence. Beat Chagas disease” (II)
The second advert for the BeatChagas initiative focuses on congenital transmission of the disease (from mothers to their children) to raise awareness among women at risk of infection of the need to get tested. Approximately 5% of pregnant women infected with Chagas disease may transmit it to their children, but if treated in the firsts months of life, these children can be cured.