The Trinidad and Tobago delegation visited the City of Juarez in Mexico and the US Mexico Border office in El PASO Texas for Technical Cooperation among Countries (TCC).
A Trinidadian delegation of three people, composed of Ms. Yvonne Lewis, Director Health Education, Ms. Herman Smart-Findlay, Gender Specialist, Ministry of Gender, Youth and Child Development, Dr. Keven Antoine, Ag.,.County Medical Officer, visited Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and the US Mexico Border PAHO Office, El Paso, Texas for three working days 2-4 August, 2011.
The team travelled to the locations to participate in the technical cooperation among countries (TCC) project that will translate and adapt to Trinidad’s needs, culture, and ethnic groups Mexico’s best practice on gender and diabetes prevention that:
The Trinidadian team visited one of the standalone clinics dedicated for diabetic patients and learnt how Mexican Ministry of Health service providers are trained in gender-specific aspects of diabetes prevention and provided suggestions on how to evaluate intercultural aspects of diabetes prevention.
The Chief of US Mexico Border PAHO office, Dr. Maria Teresa Cerqueira, briefed the team on the result of diabetes prevalence study which was carried out the PAHO Border office and other partners and institutions from the two countries and on the US-Mexico border Diabetes Prevention and Control Project. She stated that the results of the epidemiologic study confirmed the urgent need to strengthen binational and a cross-border efforts to control chronic noncommunicable diseases and their risk factors. She also highlighted that the office serves four US Border States along 1, 952 miles from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean and extends 62.5 miles north and south of the international boundary each direction as well as covering borders of 6 Mexican States.
Working with Dr. Aurora del Rio of the Mexican MOH/Gender Center, and PAHO offices, the Trinidadian delegation will prepare a short report of their observations about ethnic component of diabetes prevention in Juarez and of how medical providers can account for cultural diversity in diabetes prevention.
The Mexican Ministry of Health’s Gender Center will strengthen the capacity of Trinidad to respond to gender-specific factors related to diabetes prevention, and the Trinidadian Ministry of Health will improve the ability of the Mexican Ministry of Health and the Sanitary Jurisdiction of Ciudad Juarez to respond to ethnic aspects of diabetes prevention.
The Mexico National Centre for Gender Equity and Reproductive Health Secretariat of health implemented throughout the country, focused on effective information dissemination and improved methods to manage the differences in the way men and women with diabetes behave and the way they are affected by the disease.
The initiative was part of the national campaign “men and women taking measures”, which included the dissemination of gender specific information for men and women users as for health personnel, in order to improve the health care coverage of this disease.