Grupo Sin Fronteras was formally established on April 2, 1995 when it was inaugurated with a signing of a Memorandum of Understanding by the respective Commissioners of Health for the State of Texas and the Mexican State of Tamaulipas.
The Grupo Sin Fronteras TB Binational Project addresses the high incidence of tuberculosis cases along the Texas-Mexico border, incorporating its work between the two largest bordering sister-city communities: Brownsville, Texas - Matamoros, Tamaulipas and McAllen, Texas - Reynosa, Tamaulipas. The Brownsville-Matamoros metropolitan area is the southernmost crossing point between the United States and Mexico. The two cities are contiguous, with only the river separating them. Located about sixty miles north of the Brownsville-Matamoros area, the McAllen-Reynosa region is another major crossing point on the border.
Grupo Sin Fronteras is funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and is staffed with a project manager and two support staff headquartered at the Texas Department of State Health Services, Region 11 Office in Harlingen, Texas. Through CDC funds managed by the Migrant Clinician's Network (MCN), two teams of outreach workers have been contracted to be headquartered at each project site of the Secretariat of Health jurisdictions in Reynosa and Matamoros. Among the services provided are directly observed therapy, contact investigations, sputum collections, chest x-rays, referrals, clinical history, technical assistance, medical consultations and education on the transmission, prevention and treatment of tuberculosis.
For additional information, contact:
Cynthia F. Tafolla
Grupo Sin Fronteras Program Manager
Texas Department of State Health Services
601 W. Sesame Drive
Telephoe: (956) 423-0130, extension 577, 698, or 693