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Caring globally has meaning at home

Dr. Julio Frenk, Mexico's national minister of health from 2000 to 2006, says consequences from far away can show up on your doorstep.

Toronto, March 28, 2008

Dr. Julio Frenk says "Consequences from far away can show up on your doorsteps."

Because health is now a global issue, multicultural Toronto must be involved with it as a matter of enlightened self-interest, says a member of the international advisory committee of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital. Dr. Julio Frenk, who was Mexico's national minister of health from 2000 to 2006, was the Knowledge Institute's inaugural visiting scholar when he spoke on March 26, 2008, to a live audience at St. Michael's with a video link to seven other hospitals in the Greater Toronto Area.

"Health interdependence" is a fact of life today across the planet, he pointed out, because "it's not just germs that travel. It's also ideas and lifestyles." Toronto must be vigilant about not only communicable diseases such as TB and SARS, but also Type 2 diabetes and heart disease which are being spread by "western" influences. He believes that helping other countries promote good health can benefit Toronto more than any other city on earth.

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