Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Global Response to Zika

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Global Response to Zika

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Support for women and girls of childbearing age is at the centre of a new revised plan that the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners have issued to guide countries in their response to the Zika crisis.

According to the revised plan, a key strategy for preventing the spread of the virus is ensuring that pregnant women, their partners and communities have the information they need to protect themselves from the virus.

"This Zika virus strain and its complications represent a new type of public health threat which requires a unique and integrated strategy that places support for women and girls of child-bearing age at its core," said WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan in the foreword of the revised plan.

The Zika strategic response plan, July 2016 to December 2017 can be used by countries to guide their response to the Zika crisis. The plan revises the previous Strategic response framework and joint operations plan, January-June 2016.

Other elements of the plan include integrated vector management, sexual and reproductive health counselling and health education and care within the social and legal contexts of each country where Zika virus is being transmitted. …

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