CDC has collaborated with the Mexico National Tuberculosis Program (NTP) since 1995 to expand the WHO-recommended TB treatment strategy in Mexico, and improve TB control along the U.S.-Mexico border. CDC also provides technical assistance in trainings, research, and capacity building. CDC continues to collaborate and support the National TB Program, Epidemiology Office, and Insituto Nacional de Enfermedades Respiratorias (INER).
Key Activities and Accomplishments
- The United States and Mexico established a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to improve TB program coordination and technical assistance, which includes working jointly to improve care for migrant TB patients.
- A pilot TB infection control project done in collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), NTP, and the Regional Training Medical Consultation Centers was conducted in three Mexican states and included training, baseline assessments of facilities, and development of TB infection control plans, and follow up assessments.
- CDC conducted the first evaluation of the referral program for TB patients who cross the border between Mexico and the United States to assess program effectiveness and patient outcomes.
- CDC’s Mycobacteriology Laboratory Branch and the Mexican Reference Laboratory implemented a national survey for first-line drug susceptibility testing.