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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  

TB Notes Newsletter

No. 2, 2005

HIGHLIGHTS FROM STATE AND LOCAL PROGRAMS

Rotary International Confronts TB on the Texas-Mexico Border

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

 


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