TB Notes Newsletter
No. 2, 2005
HIGHLIGHTS FROM STATE AND LOCAL PROGRAMS
Rotary International Confronts TB on the Texas-Mexico
Rotary International is a worldwide organization of business, government,
and professional leaders who provide humanitarian services, encourage
high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build good will
and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong
to more than 31,000 Rotary Clubs located in 166 countries.
Several Rotary districts in Texas and Mexico
have joined in the fight against TB on the Texas-Mexico border.
Texas Rotary Districts 5520, 5790, 5810, 5840, 5870, and 5930 and
Mexican Rotary Districts 4110 and 4130 have come together to develop
the Rotary Strategic Plan Against Tuberculosis on the Texas-Mexico
Border. Three Rotary officials have been working with the Texas
Department of State Health Service Tuberculosis Program to initiate
the campaign against TB on the border: Dr. Clift Price, past Rotary
District Governor and retired Associate Commissioner of the Texas
Department of Health; Mr. Armando Avalos, President of the Corpus
Christi, Texas, Sunrise Rotary Club and a charter member of the
Ten Against TB Initiative; and Ms. Elaine Hernandez, Rotarian and
Director of the Office of Border Health for the Lower Rio Grande
Development Council. The campaign began with Rotary International
establishing a Proclamation stating that the Rotary International
Border districts on the Texas-Mexico Border are committed to making
a difference in the prevention and control of TB in this sector
of the two nations.
In McAllen, Texas, on October 2004, the Rotary International Border
districts held the Rotary Binational TB Submit. The purpose of the
Summit was to (1) raise awareness among Rotarians on the causes
of TB along the border, (2) encourage Rotary Clubs to adopt TB projects,
(3) demonstrate to the official health departments of Texas and
of Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon in Mexico that civic organizations
can partner with governments to address public health concerns,
and (4) strengthen relationships among Rotarians from districts
in Texas and Mexico to work together on TB projects. This Rotary
Campaign against Binational TB has been endorsed by two past presidents
of Rotary International, Dr. Carlos Conseco and Mr. Frank Delvin,
who are well known leaders in the International Polio Plus Campaign.
The Rotary Binational TB Summit had the support of the Honorable
Luis Manuel Lopez Moreno, Consul of Mexico; Dr. Gerardo Garcia Salinas,
Secretary of Health for the State of Tamaulipas, Mexico; Ms. Eva
Moya, Executive Director of the US-Mexico Border Health Commission;
and Dr. Adrian Rendon, Director of the Center of Excellence in Tuberculosis,
Monterrey, Mexico. Also
represented were Mr. Bill Martin, President of the McAllen Rotary
Club; Rev. George Dawson, Governor of Rotary District 5930; Mr.
Jose Verduzco, Governor-Elect for Rotary District 5930, and Mr.
Polo Rodriguez, Past District Governor of Rotary District 4130.
The Summit received greetings from Congressman Ruben Hinojosa of
Texas and a host of other state and national leaders.
For additional information on the Rotary International Binational
Tuberculosis Campaign, contact Dr. Charles Wallace at Charles.Wallace@dshs.state.tx.us
Submitted by Charles Wallace, PhD, MPH, Manager
Infectious Disease Intervention and Control Branch
Texas Department of State Health Services, and
Jose A. Gomes-Moreira, MA, Coordinator
Ten Against TB Initiative
Released October 2008
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