Population: 114,975,406 (2011 est.)

GDP per capita (PPP): $15,100 (2011 est.)

Total expenditure on health per capita: $846 (Intl $, 2009)

Mexico sits in North America, between the United States (US) and Belize, bordered by the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, and bordering the North Pacific Ocean between Guatemala and the US. It has a rich and turbulent history, currently dominated by economic and social concerns such as wages, job opportunities, and inequitable wealth distribution. Estimates rate its population as 11th largest in the world.

In-Country Partner: Federación Mexicana de Diabetes A.C. (Lic. Cristina Ahedo Sol and colleagues

Life for a Child Support

Commenced 2012: Thanks to assistance from Professor James Ron, Ms Emma Naughton, and Mrs Maria Levy de Alva (IDF President 2003-06), Dr Graham Ogle was able to meet with local diabetes representatives from several cities when he visited Mexico in March 2012. LFAC has since signed MOUs and will be providing diverse support to the following local diabetes organisations:

  • Asociación Mexicana de Diabetes en N.L, AC (Nuevo Leon)
  • Asociación Mexicana de Diabetes en Jalisco A.C. (Guadalajara)
  • Asociación Mexicana de Diabetes en Guanajuato (Gto), A.C. (Guanajuato)
  • Asociación Mexicana de Diabetes en el Sureste, A.C. (Merida)
  • Instituto Nacional de Perinatología Isidro Espinosa de los Reyes (Mexico City)

Discussions are underway with various industry organisations regarding the ongoing provision of insulin, blood glucose monitoring equipment and training where needed. 432 copies of The First Book for Understanding Diabetes (11th ed., Spanish version) by Dr H Peter Chase were sent in April, and over half have already been distributed.