World Bank Releases Loans for Swine Flu-Hit Mexico, Argentina

The World Bank extended $25.6 million to Mexico and $1.5 million to Argentina to avert the further spread of swine flu,

reported. The Mexico funding forms part of a bigger package worth $205 million to help the country purchase drugs and scale up testing for the deadly H1N1 virus. The Argentina loan followed a request by the health ministry for help on procuring airport laser detectors to identify the virus in passengers, and boosting hospitals' supply of medicines to treat the illness.

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    Eliza Villarino is an associate editor for Devex and leads the company's news team in Manila. She played a critical role in conceptualizing the Development Newswire. Prior to joining Devex in 2004, she has already published articles and news briefs for Internet media organizations and for the Institute for Ethics and Economic Policy at Fordham University in New York. She earned her bachelor's in political science and master's in public affairs from the University of the Philippines. Eliza is a member of Mensa Philippines.