Fact Sheet: Two Nations Tackle Tuberculosis: USAID Legacy in Mexico

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Year: 2013


Over the last decade, political commitment from Mexico and the United States (U.S.) regarding tuberculosis has been strong. U.S.-Mexico collaboration began in 1999, when Mexico’s estimated tuberculosis incidence was over four times higher than the incidence of the U.S. In February 1999, Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo and U.S. President William Clinton entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Cooperation in Prevention and Control of Tuberculosis, emphasizing both nations’ joint concerns and affirming international cooperation for TB control. The MOU led to a formal agreement between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Mexico’s Secretariat of Health. USAID agreed to provide Mexico’s National TB Program (NTP) with technical and financial assistance intended to improve the diagnosis, control and monitoring of TB.

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