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Oct 27, 2000

Belize, Guatemala and Mexico sign declaration

Today a Tri-National Meeting between Guatemala, Mexico and Belize, was held to review the health situation in the border areas of the three countries. As a result of the meeting a joint declaration and a cooperation agreement was signed. The declaration agrees on several actions be taken in matters of epidemiological surveillance as well as Sexually Transmitted Infections, HIV and AIDS. Each country agreed to continue to promote the development of greater scientific, technical, regional and cooperative relations; continue to prevent the spread of STI’s, HIV and AIDS in the region, and to control vector transmitted diseases with emphasis on dengue and malaria. They also agreed to promote the development of epidemiological surveillance systems and give attention to community health damage and risks in neighboring countries in case of natural disasters. An agreement in the area of health was also signed, which aims to increase the efforts of cooperation in the field of medical sciences and public health.

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