Navigation Links
Red Cross Promotes Prevention, Control of TB Along U.S. - Mexican Border

WASHINGTON, While the global health community and residents of several countries are concerned about news reports of the estimated 100 people who may have contracted tuberculosis (TB) from an infected airplane passenger recently, the American Red Cross has been working for two years along the U.S. and Mexican border to prevent the spread of this particularly infectious disease.

At a conference held in Matamoros, Mexico in May, senior representatives from both the American and the Mexican Red Cross came together to discuss greater cooperation in local border communities, as well as at the international level, in health promotion.

Lance Leverenz, the regional director for the Americas for the American Red Cross, emphasizes that the success of such an initiative is contingent upon his organization's role as an international actor.

"Such challenges require solutions that transcend national boundaries," said Leverenz. "The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is uniquely positioned to confront these issues."

In Matamoros -- across the border from Brownsville, Texas -- vital services provided by the Red Cross reach deep into the community to encourage care-seeking behaviors, reduce the stigma associated with TB, and most importantly, get people into treatment and see treatment through to a successful cure.

Since its inception in June 2005, the TB treatment program has increased the number of patients who complete the six-month treatment regimen from 78 percent to 86 percent, a treatment rate higher than the United Nations World Health Organization target. The Red Cross utilizes health care systems that are flexible in meeting the needs of each community.

Although the two-year pilot project focuses on reducing the incidence of TB, similar strategies can be applied to preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS, preparing disaster response programs, and promoting humanitarian values.

"The Red Cross works for healthy borders which benefits both countries in preventing and controlling the spread of TB," said Leverenz.

The American Red Cross helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies in the US and overseas. Last year, almost a million volunteers and 35,000 employees helped victims of almost 75,000 disasters; taught lifesaving skills to millions; and helped U.S. service members separated from their families stay connected. Almost 4 million people gave blood through the Red Cross, the largest U.S. supplier of blood and blood products.

The American Red Cross is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which has 97 million volunteers worldwide. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money, and blood to do its work.


'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. FDA attacks American Red Cross for blood violations
2. Encephalitis Death Toll In U.P. Crosses 200 Mark.
3. Encephalitis Deaths Cross 220 in Uttar Pradesh
4. First Crossover Kidney Transplantation In Germany
5. Blue Cross Signs Up 110,000 Minnesotans For Part D Medicare Plans
6. Red Cross Says Fund Boost and Awareness Are the Main Ingredients to Fight AIDS
7. Salutations For The Selfless Heroes On World Red Cross Day
8. Waxing And Waning Of Dengue Epidemics Attributed To Cross-Immunity
9. Viruses Can Cross Species Barrier
10. American Red Cross Fined by FDA over Blood Collection Practices
11. American Red Cross Fined $4.2m for Improper Blood Screening
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:8/22/2017)... ... August 22, 2017 , ... “Covert Awakening”: Walid’s spiritual ... published author, Julianne Hale, a consultant for the Intelligence Community. For more ... on the Near East region. Julianne has written hundreds of reports for ...
(Date:8/22/2017)... ... August 22, 2017 , ... TopConsumerReviews.com recently gave a best-in-class ... Fatigue . , As the stress of modern life continually makes more demands on ... use of artificial stimulants can trap people in vicious high/low cycles and can also ...
(Date:8/21/2017)... ... August 22, 2017 , ... PracticeMatch, a company that provides online ... with physicians and advanced practitioners like nurse practitioners and physician assistants ... through November of this year. The online career fairs will allow job seekers to ...
(Date:8/21/2017)... ... August 21, 2017 , ... Los Angeles area medical ... for academic year 2017-2018, Christina M. Busuito, M.D. and Lukasz Swistun, M.D. This ... Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The candidate will have the opportunity to work ...
(Date:8/21/2017)... ... August 21, 2017 , ... Five chefs from local ... for Alzheimer’s Family Center. , Guests will be able to vote for their ... Braised Lamb Shank with Fennel Dill Salad, Feta Cheese Sauce & Garlic Pita Crisp, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:8/8/2017)... AVIV, Israel, Aug. 8, 2017  BioLineRx Ltd. (NASDAQ/TASE: ... immunology, today reports its financial results for the second ... achievements during the second quarter 2017 and to date: ... multiple clinical development programs for the Company,s lead project, ... 3 pivotal study with BL-8040 as novel stem cell ...
(Date:8/7/2017)... FLINT, Mich., Aug. 7, 2017  Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: ... for the quarter ended June 30, 2017.  All comparisons, unless ... Second Quarter 2017 ... compared to $1,089 million, an increase of 3.5% ... Gross margin of 7.5% versus 7.6% ...
(Date:8/2/2017)... 2017 Fenita J. Caldwell ... Pinnacle Lifetime Professional in the Field of Healthcare. ... Turing Pharmaceuticals, AG. Her skills and areas of ... ... of experience as a highly successful sales specialist ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: