Chris Pinto



Chris Pinto

PhD in Veterinary Sciences

Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain


Most Important Achievement

I think my most important achievement was finishing my doctorate in Veterinary Sciences in Spain. It was an immense challenge - I had to live in a new country by myself, get used to a new educational system and learn about a new culture. I saw the world beyond my country and experience and realized the importance of animal health for humanity and that extends beyond borders and political issues.

Professional aspirations

As a veterinarian I would like to conduct important research in the field of global health. As part of a research group I aspire to establish a basis for taking actions and closing the gap between scientific knowledge and its practical application to improve human and animal wellbeing in Peru, making "One Health" a reality.


Community-Based One Health Agent to Control Echinococcosis in the Peruvian Highlands
We aimed to implement a community-based intervention to control Echinococcus granulosus in rural communities. Community members will be elected and trained to become a “Community One Health Agent” (COHA). They will help control the disease by distributing dog dewormer medication, teaching Echinococcosis prevention methods, and delivering other human and animal health messages relevant to the region. The COHA will deliver the antiparasitic praziquantel (PZQ) and health messages to the dog owners in their communities. The strategy is meant to be more sustainable, cost-effective, and acceptable in the natural community setting than other traditional strategies.
Specific aims:
1. To reduce the frequency of E. granulosus infections in dogs.
2. To demonstrate that training community members to distribute the dewormer is an effective control strategy.
3. To determine the cost-effectiveness of the proposed intervention.
4. To improve knowledge about Echinococcosis and diseases prevention by community members.























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