It has recently emerged that the government of Canada is providing 350,000 Canadian dollars ($263,000) of foreign aid to homeopathic organization Terre Sans Frontières to provide “treatment” against a tropical illness known as Chagas disease in Honduras.
Equal contributions have been given to similar projects in Bolivia and Tanzania.
The subsidy given by the Canadian government was for a five-year period ending in 2020.
Chagas disease, also known as American trypanosomiasis, is a condition caused by an insect-transmitted parasite that affects 6 to 7 million people worldwide, mostly in Latin America. It is potentially life-threatening, but it is perfectly curable if treatment is initiated quickly. Even treatment during the chronic phase can prevent or curb disease progression. If the parasite is left untreated, the condition can lead to heart problems in 30 percent of patients, while up to 10 percent develop digestive, neurological, or mixed changes.