UPCOMING EVENT | Mexico Public Health Forum 2016

medicine healthcare - stethoscopeWHEN: Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 2:00-4:00 PM

WHERE: Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC

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As Mexico’s demographic profile and economy change over time, the country is facing a wide array of new public health challenges, from an ageing population to the rise of non-communicable diseases. In fact, the country now faces a “double burden” of disease: while policy-makers and public health officials continue to deal with the problems of infectious disease and under-nutrition, they are experiencing a rapid growth in disease risk factors such as obesity, particularly in urban settings. This combination of problems causes both bifurcation and extra costs for public health policy.

The government of President Enrique Peña Nieto has taken a varied approach to health policy thus far. Although committing to a universal health care system, the necessary resources have not yet been made available, and a wholesale reform of the system remains pending. In isolated areas, such as obesity, the government has sought to use fiscal policy to address the problem, but has failed to adopt a more comprehensive and consolidated strategy.

The Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute is pleased to invite you to our Mexico Public Health Forum 2016 to discuss the current state of public health policy, offering an overview of the health care system and its challenges.

Welcome & Introduction
Duncan Wood
Director, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center

Keynote Address
Pablo Kuri Morales
Mexican Undersecretary of Health Prevention and Promotion

An Overview of Mexico’s Public Health Challenges
Andrew Rudman
Managing Director, ManattJones Global Strategies

Amy Glover
Director – Mexico Practice, McLarty Associates

Catherine Mellor
Executive Director, Global Health Initiative, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

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Former Mexican diplomat: ‘There are ways’ Mexico could pay for wall

09/22/16 New York Post

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A former top Mexican diplomat believes Donald Trump could get Mexico to pay for a border wall. Easily.

“If [Trump] really wants Mexico to pay for the wall, he has many ways of getting many Mexicans to pay for the wall,” Jorge Castañeda, Mexico’s former foreign affairs secretary, told the Hudson Institute this week,according to The Weekly Standard.

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Mexico Ratifies the Paris Agreement

09/21/16 Natural Resources Defense Council

NRDC.jpgMexico’s Environment Secretary, Rafael Pacchiano Alamán, delivered the country’s ratification of the Paris Agreement to the United Nations today, bringing Mexico into the fold of the now-60 countries who have ratified this groundbreaking treaty to combat global climate change with domestic action. Those 60 countries account for 47.76% of emissions worldwide.

In fact, Mexico is the latest of many Latin American countries that have taken this important step, with others on the way.

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Walmart Is Being Sued for Allegedly Bribing the Mexican Government

09/22/16 Fortune

WalmartWalmart must face a class-action lawsuit accusing the world’s largest retailer of defrauding shareholders by concealing suspected bribery to help it expand faster in Mexico, a U.S. judge said.

In a decision on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Susan Hickey in Fayetteville, Arkansas rejected Walmart’s contention that a Michigan pension fund had no standing to lead the case because it had not suffered losses on the retailer’s stock.

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Mexico town women vote locally for first time

09/22/16 BBC News

Elections.JPGWomen in a community in southern Mexico have voted in local elections for the first time, after winning a three-year battle for the right to choose a mayor and councillors alongside their male relatives.

Women have had the vote in Mexican presidential, general and regional elections since 1953, but the persistence of traditional law in parts of Oaxaca state means many towns have men-only voter lists for local polls, El Universal newspaper reports.

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Priest Killings Highlight Mexico Govt’s Credibility Problem

09/22/16 InSight Crime

cemetery-cross-in-graveyard-1398971336pwPLocal residents say the official account of how two priests were killed in Veracruz, Mexico is a “cover-up” for the truth about rampant organized crime in the gulf state, the latest illustration of the government’s striking lack of credibility with the Mexican people.

Alejo Nabor Jimenez Juarez and Jose Alfredo Juarez de la Cruz were kidnapped on the night of September 18, shortly after celebrating a 6:30 p.m. mass in the Veracruz city of Poza Rica. The priests’ bodies were found the next day riddled with bullets in a nearby area known as the “Devil’s Curve.”

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Mexico AG takes over corruption probes of Veracruz governor

09/22/16 The Washington Post

Javier_Duarte_de_OchoaMEXICO CITY — Mexico’s federal Attorney General’s Office says it has taken over two corruption investigations involving the outgoing governor of Veracruz state.

Jose Guadalupe Medina Romero is head of the office’s branch for investigating federal crimes. He said in comments published online by the Attorney General’s Office late Wednesday that agents visited Veracruz prosecutors Monday to receive the investigation files.

The probes name Gov. Javier Duarte and others on suspicion of illegal enrichment, embezzlement and breach of duty.

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