- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 15, 2006

AIDS aid for Mexico

The U.S. Embassy is Mexico is trying to help fight the AIDS virus and tuberculosis with a grant of $1.2 million to provide screening and education about the deadly diseases.

“Health is a common concern and a shared responsibility,” Ambassador Antonio O. Garza Jr. said last week when he announced the medical assistance package.

“Through bilateral cooperation and active participation of the civil society in both our countries, we really can win the fight against infectious diseases.”

Tuberculosis, once nearly wiped out in the United States, is on the rise in many U.S. cities because of the influx of illegal aliens who carry the disease, according to a report last year by the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.

The grants will fund mobile screening and diagnosis for high-risk Mexicans in Tijuana, develop a U.S.-Mexican partnership for the prevention of tuberculosis and AIDS, increase preventive measures among male migrant populations in 10 selected areas and promote awareness of the diseases.

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:


• Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who addresses the Women’s Foreign Policy Group. Tomorrow, she speaks at Georgetown University.

• Supachai Panitchpakdi, secretary-general of the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development, who addresses the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.


• Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader, who meets with President Bush. On Wednesday, he addresses Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

• Sompop Jantraka, a former pop music star in Thailand who now devotes himself to the fight against human trafficking. He is working with Project Hope International and the Friends of Thai Daughters to raise awareness of the problem.

• Retired Lt. Gen. Asad Durrani, former director of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence and former ambassador to Germany and Saudi Arabia. He addresses the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

• Arun Shourie, a member of India’s upper house of parliament, who addresses Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. On Wednesday, he speaks at the Heritage Foundation.


• Matthias Sonn, director of the Task Force on International Cooperation at the German Foreign Office. He joins a panel discussion on counterterrorism strategies at the Hudson Institute.

• Bong-scuk Sohn, a member of South Korea’s National Assembly; Nanda Pok of Women for Prosperity in Cambodia; and Suteera Vichitranonda of the Gender and Development Research Institute in Thailand. They participate in a panel discussion sponsored by the Asia Foundation.

• Hafiz Pasha, assistant secretary-general of the United Nations and director of the U.N. Development Program’s Bureau for Asia and the Pacific. He joins a panel discussion on trade at the UNDP’s Washington office.

• Adolfo Roitman, curator of the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. He addresses the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


• Adrian Karatnycky, president of Ukraine’s pro-democracy initiative the Orange Circle, who discusses the political turmoil in his country with invited guests of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

• Max Hernandez, technical secretary of the Peruvian National Accord, and Govind Prasad Thapa, former inspector general of the Nepalese police and chairman of Nepal’s Center for Security and Justice Studies. They participate in a panel discussion on international crime at the United States Institute of Peace.


• Andrew Mitchell, a member of the British Parliament and the Conservative Party’s “shadow secretary” for international development. He addresses the Cato Institute on free trade in Africa.

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