By Marcos Cueto
Within the mid-1950s, with making plans and investment from the U.S., Mexico launched into an formidable crusade to get rid of malaria, which used to be common and protracted. This new historical past explores the politics of that crusade. Marcos Cueto describes the overseas foundation of this system, its nationwide association in Mexico, its neighborhood implementation by means of overall healthiness practitioners and employees, and its reception one of the inhabitants. Drawing on documents within the usa, Mexico, and Switzerland, he highlights the militant chilly conflict rhetoric of the founders and analyzes the combined explanations of members in any respect degrees. Following the tale throughout the dwindling crusade within the overdue Sixties and early Seventies, Cueto increases questions proper to cutting-edge overseas well-being campaigns opposed to malaria, AIDS, and tuberculosis. (May 2008)
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S. security was linked to hemispheric security. 28 In the words of an American expert: “A Latin America friendly to the United States can be a source of great strength. . ”29 This concern for regional security also stemmed from the increasing number of Americans living in Latin America after the World War II. 5 million American citizens lived outside the United States. Most were running embassies, administering foreign aid, and maintaining military garrisons. 30 Since 1947 a mutual defense pact, the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance, also known as the Rio Treaty, had created closer military and political links between the United States and Latin America.
S. economic and technical aid in Latin America would help to demonstrate that orderly social progress, without a revolution, was possible. S. ” By the mid-1950s, tensions between the Soviet Union and the United States were high. The Soviets already possessed atomic bombs and were developing a nuclear arsenal—facts that shattered American overconﬁdence in having a monopoly on these destructive weapons. S. soldiers had died in a Cold War–motivated conﬂict fought in Korea (1950–53) that stopped short of a third world war.
Nonmilitary aid became important in the campaign that ended with Eisenhower’s ﬁrst electoral triumph in late 1952. The president had promised to reduce the government’s deﬁcit by trimming the budgets of military and public projects and by balancing the federal budget. S. government ofﬁcials tried to economize on military foreign aid by stressing the peaceful applications of nuclear science and enhancing the role of the United States as the world’s humanitarian benefactor diffusing new technologies such as Global Designs 25 radioactive isotopes, nuclear medicine, miracle drugs, and DDT.