Friday, December 12th, 2014 -- The Regional/Binational Tuberculosis Conference: One River, Two Countries, Many Challenges was held on December 4-5, 2014 in South Padre Island, Texas. The conference provided a unique and interesting perspective of the challenges of working along the border. The speakers relayed first hand experiences which will help participants gain a better understanding of tuberculosis and other infectious diseases.
In 2010, the FEMAP Foundation was approached to serve as the fiscal agent for the Binational Tuberculosis Programs JUNTOS which operates in Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico and Grupos Sin Fronteras, which is in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico.
Tuberculosis is among the most significant infectious disease problems in the El Paso, Texas/Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua area because of the easy trans-border travel.
To address the problem of border TB transmission, the El Paso City-County Health and Environmental District (EPCCHED), the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and the Mexican Secretariat of Health (Secretaria de Salud) (SSA) agreed that the two countries must work collectively to control and prevent TB in El Paso and Ciudad Juarez.
The general objective of the project is to promote TB control activities in the Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua-El Paso, Texas area, through binational collaboration between the respective Health Departments of both cities.