The value of a multidisciplinary approach

Dr Roberto Bazzani

Senior Program Specialist, Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean
International Development Research Centre

You cannot only work with an entomologist, you need to involve an anthropologist, you need to involve an epidemiologist, a social scientist and people more knowledgeable on environmental sciences. We have multiple examples, for example, once in the case of Chagas disease, the engineers who were working on the better way of improving the house, were mostly targeting the man of the house. The anthropologist came and she said, no it is the wrong target because in this culture, this is in Guatemala, an indigenous culture, the woman is in charge of doing this work of improving the wall of the houses. So you need the different disciplines to understand the local dynamic, different ecosystems and different cultures. And that has been very well achieved.