Devising a strategy to curb HIV/AIDS across Latin America will be the subject of an August 1 meeting of regional health and education ministers in Mexico City, Prensa Latina reports (, 7/24).

“Prevention is the most important task that we want to carry out as a joint effort by the governments,” says Mauricio Hernandez, the Mexican undersecretary for prevention and health promotion.

Seventeen health ministers and 12 education officials from 16 Latin American and Caribbean countries will participate in the meeting, scheduled two days before the 17th International Conference on AIDS in Mexico City from August 3-8.