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  • dorinda moreno
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 17, 2008
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      April 17, 2008

      Health News

      Vaccines Across Borders

      Immunizing border residents of the Americas, including the US-Mexico
      border region, will be a focus of the of this year's Vaccination Week in
      the Americas sponsored by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
      Scheduled to kick off on Saturday, April 19, the week-long immunization
      drive is expected to draw tens of thousands of volunteers from 44
      countries.  According to a press statement from PAHO, the goal for 2008 is
      to vaccinate 62 million children, adult and elderly persons in order to
      prevent deaths and illnesses from measles, polio, rotovirus and other

      "We are consolidating a true participatory culture for prevention
      throughout the Anericas," said PAHO Director Dr. Mirta Roses.

      Mass vaccinations are planned for the border regions of Mexico-Guatemala,
      Honduras-Nicaragua, Brazil-Guyana and Colombia-Brazil, among other places.
      In the Paso del Norte area of Texas, New Mexico and Chihuahua, PAHO
      Director Dr. Roses is scheduled to participate in a caravan that will
      depart from Sunland Park, New Mexico, for El Paso and Ciudad Juarez. Other
      high Mexican and US healthcare officials are invited to the local event.

      Now in its sixth year, Vaccination Week in the Americas has distributed
      vaccines to more than 195 million people in 45 countiries and territories,
      according to the PAHO.

      "Despite its growth as an internacional phenomenon, the initiative has
      remained focused on the orginal goal of reaching the most vulnerable and
      hard-to-reach communities and indigenous groups, people living in border
      areas, and geographically isolated communities, which are often left
      behind in nacional immunization campaigns," the group said.

      Founded in 1902, the PAHO defines its mission as improving heathcare in
      all the countries of the Americas. Regionally, the organization serves as
      the Americas office of the World Health Organization.

      -Kent Paterson

      Frontera NorteSur (FNS): on-line, U.S.-Mexico border news
      Center for Latin American and Border Studies
      New Mexico State University
      Las Cruces, New Mexico

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