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Ambassador Anthony Wayne and Secretary of Health Solomon Chertorivski Discuss Cooperation

Ambasador sitting next to Mexican Health Secretary

Ambassador Anthony Wayne and Secretary of Health Solomon Chertorivski Discuss Cooperation

Mexico City, October 19, 2011—As part of his initial courtesy calls, United States Ambassador to Mexico Anthony Wayne met with Mexico’s Secretary of Health Solomon Chertorivski to discuss the successful coordination of responses to pandemic influenza, infectious disease prevention programs and emerging chronic diseases in Mexico, as well as the range of cooperation on approval of pharmaceutical products and medical devices. 

During the meeting, Ambassador Wayne noted strong U.S.-Mexico coordination in areas of health, in particular on pandemic flu and infectious disease outbreaks.  “U.S. officials already have a high level of engagement with their Mexican counterparts for engaging in epidemiological research and coordinating for outbreaks of influenza or other diseases; and in the near future an epidemiologist from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will be joining the embassy to engage with Salud on a number of critical studies and coordination projects.  Our shared border and susceptibility to a range of infectious diseases underscores the importance of this continued cooperation,” Ambassador Wayne said.

During the meeting Ambassador Wayne and Secretary Chertorivski also discussed the need to increase partnership in combating Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD’s) such as obesity, diabetes, and cancer; improving medical device and drug and food safety; and migrant health initiatives for Mexicans in the United States.  Ambassador Wayne also congratulated the Secretary for the government’s new regulations for bioengineered pharmaceuticals.

Ambassador Wayne and the Secretary also discussed the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) continued support for SALUD’s National Tuberculosis Program and the National Center for Prevention and Control of HIV/AIDS (CENSIDA) prevention strategies.