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For 70 years, the Office for the U.S.-Mexico Border has provided technical cooperation and support to local, state and federal health authorities in a binational response to health issues. Situated on the busiest and most traveled border in the world, the U.S.-Mexico Border Office is a binational geo-political system based on strong social, economic, cultural, and environmental connections governed by different policies, customs, and laws, said the chief of the field office for the United States-Mexico Border under the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), Dr. Maria Teresa Cerqueira, presented the context and health situation in the border region, on August 7, at PAHO Headquarters.

Dr. Cerqueira explained that the office is the only one of its kind in the World Health Organization system and faces particular challenges. For example, the office advocates for public health in two federal governments, but also with all the states along the border and at the local level.  The office works with 48 counties in 4 U.S. states and 94 municipalities in 6 Mexican states.  Although health conditions have improved since 2005, “since 2008, the increase of violence and homicides are a major concern for the border region,” she added

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 August 2012 12:50

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