The Binational Health Week is intended as a first step in a larger program of cooperation amongst North American and Central American countries to improve the health and well- of immigrant workers and their families.
The Consulate of Mexico in Little Rock, Arkansas along with the program of the Ventanilla de Salud organized the Binational Health Week to be held from October 5 to October 9 at the Consulate located at 3500 South University Avenue, Little Rock, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
“Binational Health Week events emerge from networks forged among volunteers, agencies and organizations working on migrant health issues and, in turn, foster ongoing collaboration,” said Arkansas Mexican Consul, David Preciado Juarez.
The closing of the BHW in Arkansas will be held on Saturday October 10 with an event to celebrate National Latino AIDS Awareness Day in the Southwest Community Center 6401 Baseline Rd. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. providing health screenings; glucose, blood pressure, dental, vision, glaucoma, depression, anxiety , flu vaccines, AIDS tests, information about tabacco, autism, and cancer. Fun for all, mariachi, soccer tournament, and Papa Rap.
During Binational Health Week, a national campaign will take place to promote awareness among the Latino community on the topics of obesity and diabetes, HIV/AIDS, autism, and emergency preparedness.
The event has the support of various health organizations that will provide information services and free examinations and vaccinations. Arkansas Human Development Corporation with anti-tobacco programs, Arkansas NLAAD HIV screenings and bilingual representatives, Arkansas National HIV Latino Aids Awareness Day, Arkansas Minority Health Commission, Healthy Smiles Dental Clinic, ConnectCare, Ventanilla de Salud, UAMS, ¡Hola! Arkansas, Telemundo Arkansas and other organizations.
Main partners include the Secretariats of Health and of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Colombia and Ecuador, the Institute for Mexicans Abroad, the Mexican Social Security Institute and the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission.
This year, Binational Health Week will be held in 40 states of the American Union, and 3 provinces in Canada, with the participation of the consular networks of the 7 participating countries, Mexico will carry out activities in states with higher international migration.
Last year Binational Health Week witnessed the largest participation since its inception in 2001. An estimated 301,661 people participated in 3,941 activities 6,586 agencies and 15,497 volunteers participated in the organization of the activities under the leadership of 88 consulates from the 4r organizing countries, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Colombia.
Last year, Binational Health Week had the highest participation since its inception in 2001. It is estimated that last year 301.661 people participated in 3,941 activities 6,586 agencies and 15,497 volunteers participated in the organization of activities.
For additional information contact Maria de Monservat 501-372-6933 ext. 231 or Sue Espinoza 501-374-1103 ext. 15.