Mexico’s Secretary of Health Jose Narro Robles and icare4autism CEO Dr. Joshua Weinstein
On Monday, January 9th, 2017, our CEO Dr. Joshua Weinstein, advisory committee member Dr. Humberto Nicolini, and Mr. Zvika Barak, Esq. met with Mexican Secretary of Health Jose Narro Robles, in Mexico City, to discuss the joint collaboration with Mexico and icare4Autism to the upcoming International autism Conference and other initiatives.
Dr. Pablo Antonio Kuri Morales, Undersecretary of Health Prevention and Promotion, Ms. Hilda Dávila Chávez, Director General of International Relations, Dr. Maria Elena Teresa Medina Mora, General Director for the National Institute of Psychiatry, Dr. José Humberto Nicolini Sánchez, Underdirector of basic research of the National Institute of Genomic Medicine, Dr. Joshua Weinstein, ICare4Autism CEO, Dr. José Narro Robles, Secretary of Health, Mr. Zvika Barak, Esq. ICare4Autism Advisory Member, Dra. Jimena Morales Ayala, Director of Priority Catastrophic Expenses and Intersectorial Management, Dr. Jesús Ancer Rodríguez, Secretary of the General Health Council, and Dr. Guillermo Miguel Ruiz Palacios y Santos, National Commissioner of the National Institutes of Health and High Specialty Hospitals
A recent study conducted last year by researchers at the Oregon Health & Science University showed a first estimate of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) prevalence in Mexico at 1 in 115. However, experts believe the lower rate reflects the lack of diagnosis. According to the “Comprehensive Guide of Autism”, misdiagnosis, late diagnosis, or wrong treatment is a major medial problem of ASD in Mexico. In addition, parents have difficult access to genetic testing because the studies are expensive. Icare4autism plans to provide guidance and support to the Mexican Health Ministry in order to allow them to meet the need of the autistic population in the country.