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Opening the Doors to Bi-National Cooperation - Responding to TB Along the U.S.-Mexico Border

Thursday, January 9th, 2014 -- For the fifth year in a row, the FEMAP Foundation will serve as the fiscal agent for the Binational Tuberculosis Program along the U.S.-Mexico Border which is implemented by the Texas Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 2014 grant is for the amount of $265,166 and it covers El Paso, Texas/Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua; Laredo,Texas/Matamoros and Reynosa, Tamaulipas and Eagle Pass, Del Rio, Texas/Piedras Negras, Cd.Acuña, Coahuila.

More than 22 million north-bound legal border crossings are recorded each year through El Paso, Texas by U.S. Customs officials. This suggests a "floating" border population that shares infectious disease agents. Tuberculosis is among the most significant infectious disease problems along the Texas border because of the easy trans-border travel. To address the problem of border TB transmission, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Mexican Secretariat of Health agreed that the two countries must work collectively to control and prevent TB along the 1,900 mile Texas border. Among the services provided are directly observed therapy, contact investigations, sputum collections, chest x-rays, referrals, clinical history, technical assistance, medical consultations and education on the transmission, prevention and treatment of tuberculosis.