|World Tuberculosis (TB) Day – March 24th Launching of the Tuberculosis U.S.-Mexico Border Situation Report|
El Paso, TX, March 24, 2011 (PAHO/WHO) – The purpose of World TB Day is
to generate a higher level of awareness of the global TB epidemic and
the efforts to end the disease. Currently, one third of the world
population is infected with tuberculosis. The global Stop TB
Partnership, a network of organizations and countries fighting to stop
tuberculosis, is organizing World TB Day to publicize the extent of the
disease and ways to prevent and cure it.
This event, held each year on March 24, marks the day that Dr. Robert Koch in 1882 found the cause of tuberculosis, namely, the tubercle bacillus. This was the first step toward diagnosis and cure of the disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) is working to reduce, by 2015, the prevalence and death rate in half.
To commemorate that date, the Consulate General of Mexico in El Paso, the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission, the El Paso Department of Public Health, the Health District II Health Services of the State of Chihuahua, the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization United States-Mexico Border Office, among others, joined forces to present the current status of tuberculosis in the United States-Mexico border and the strategies being undertaken to fight towards its elimination.
Thursday March 24th, 2011
Press Conference and
Presentation of the TB Border Situation Report
13:30 – 14:30 hrs.
Consulado General de México en El Paso
910 E. San Antonio Ave. / El Paso, TX 79901
For more information please contact:
Lorely Ambriz, M.S.I.S, Knowledge Management & Communication Advisor
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) / A Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) United States-Mexico Border Office
5400 Suncrest Dr. Ste. C-4 El Paso, TX 79912
Office (915) 845-5950 Ext. 42523 / Cel (915) 449-3040 / Fax (915) 845-4361