Opening Doors to Bi-National Cooperation
Responding to TB Along the U.S.-Mexico Border
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 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.
The three Bi-National TB Projects in Texas are:
- Project Juntos (El Paso, Texas/Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua), had 37 new patients and conducted 383 field visits throughout the year.
- Project Grupos sin Fronteras (Texas/Matamoros and Reynosa, Tamaulipas), had 33 new patients and conducted 848 field visits.
- Project Esperanza y Amistad (Eagle Pass, Del Rio, Texas/Piedras Negras, Cd.Acuña, Coahuila) is the newest program and has eight patients enrolled.