Case Story


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Initiative Name:
Strengthening Control of hydatid disease (Echinococcosis) in Peru
Initiative Status:
Completed and consolidating results
Adaptation, replication or scaling up of a previous initiative?
Modality of the initiative:
Disease Prevention and Control
Hidatidosis, Veterinary Public Health, Salud Publica Veterinaria

Geographic Identifiers

Countries Leading or Providing Technical Cooperation:
Countries Demanding Technical Cooperation:
Participating National Institutions, Organizations and/or Subregional Entities:
Perú: Ministerio de Salud Pública de Perú (MINSA), Instituto Nacional de Salud (INS), Dirección General de Salud Ambiental. Laboratorio de Control Ambiental (DIGESA), Estrategia Nacional de Zoonosis-Dirección General de Salud de las Personas (DGSP), Dirección Regional de Salud de Junin. Uruguay: Comisión Nacional de Zoonosis (CNZ), Ministerio de Salud Pública de Uruguay, Cátedra de Inmunología de la Facultad de Química de la Universidad de la República (FQ-UDELAR).
Participating International and Multilateral Organizations:
Organización Panamericana de la Salud
Initiative Start Date:
Initiative End Date:

Initiative Cost/Budget and Sources of Funding

Initiative Total Cost/Budget: (in US$)
Percentage Contributed by National Governments:
Peru - $21.850 (31%)
Uruguay - $7.500 (11%)
Percentage Contributed by 3rd party sources:
OPS - $ 41.250 (58%)

Initiative Description

Echinococcosis, also known as hydatid disease or echinococcal disease, is a parasitic disease caused by a tapeworm that is transmitted from animals, mainly canines, to other animals and humans. The disease remains asymptomatic until it has reached an advanced state. Even though it is a serious illness, it can be prevented. So far the Echinococcus granulosus is the only agent carrying the disease that has been found in South America, which can cause cystic Echinococcosis and is the most common form found in humans.

The project’s primary purpose was to strengthen the capacity of Peru’s Health System within the framework of the Pan American Health Organization’s Subregional Project for Monitoring and Control of Echinococcosis. The Subregional Project includes countries like Argentina, Brasil, Chile and Uruguay, and places special emphasis on developing capacity to use the coproELISA method, which is designed to prevent and control the Equinococosis granulosus among canines in areas at risk. This activity would focus on applying that method in Peru. Workshops, trainings, as well as other activities were successfully carried out and the project resulted in the following tangible products: a design for a project/program for the Prevention and Control of hydatid disease in Peru; standard diagnostic lab techniques for the epidemiological surveillance of the disease; and a plan of action between the National Institute of Health in Perú, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the National University of San Marcos and the Faculty of Chemistry of the University of Perú; and a kit was assembled for the detection of the copro-antigen was created along with an agreement of inter-laboratory cooperation. Diagnostic tests for the cystic and canine Echinococcosis should continue in order facilitate the implementation of the Prevention and Control Plan in Peru. It is also important for Peru and Uruguay to continue strengthening relations in order to guarantee the supply of necessary reagents. Furthermore, it is important to promote the involvement of the National Agrarian Health Service (SENASA-Peru) so that this governmental body can also contribute human and logistics resources to the process.

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Contact Information:

Name of Contact Person:
Dr. Roberto Salvatella, Asesor de la OPS-Uruguay
Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS) - Uruguay
Avda. Brasil 2697 Piso 2 Apto.5-6
CP 11300 Montevideo