LET’S TALK ABOUT CHAGAS
WITH JUANA AND MATEO
JUANA AND MATEO is produced by CONICET Documental in partnership with Pakapaka and made by El Birque Animaciones. It is based on an concept devised by Mariana Sanmartino, a researcher at the Argentine National Scientific and Technical Research Council, a member of the Science Education Group (part of the Institute for the Physics of Biological Fluids and Systems at the National University of La Plata, Argentina) and a coordinator of the “What do we talk about when we talk about Chagas?” group.
EPISODE 1: THE BASICS
Juana and Mateo interview Miss Matilde in the classroom. She gives a general overview of the subject, describes the vector transmission cycle and talks about why we shouldn’t discriminate against people with Chagas disease.
JUANA AND MATEO against Chagas disease, 2013
This is a series of eight stopmotion mini-episodes. Each episode stars Juana, a curious girl who directs the television programme “Chau Chagas” (“Bye Bye Chagas”) with Mateo, her friend and secret admirer. The programme takes place in a semi-rural community, starting and ending in a makeshift studio in Juana’s bedroom. In each programme, Juana and Mateo talk about Chagas disease with different people (a teacher, a Chagas disease control officer, a doctor, a neighbour, Mateo’s grandparents, a builder, a sports fan and a science history researcher). Specialists and local community members share their knowledge and experiences through Juana’s interviews.
"La guía de Juana y Mateo contra el Chagas"; (2014) is a material that complements the series "Juana y Mateo contra el Chagas"; (and vice versa), aimed mainly at teachers and people linked in some way to the promotion of health and education. It is organized in 8 chapters, coinciding with the 8 programs carried out by Juana and Mateo. However, like the series, it can be addressed without following a specific order. Each chapter of the guide contains one of Juana and Mateo's interviews (with fundamental information on Chagas disease, questions and topics for reflection), as well as complementary data and suggested activities (search for specific answers, reflection/synthesis and elaboration of resources). Available at: