The University of York is hosting a workshop to explore the role played by social movements and scientists in the response to the Zika epidemic in Latin America and to discuss the long-term repercussions of the epidemic.
The Zika Virus outbreak in Latin America has had a devastating medium- and long-term public health impact, particularly among the poorest and most vulnerable groups. The incidence of Zika Congenital Syndrome (ZCS), which includes a spectrum of disorders including microcephaly in newborns, has increased in association with Zika. The support provided by health authorities has, however, lagged behind - with disastrous consequences. During the workshop, researchers from the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) - the largest public health research institution in Latin America - will be presenting on the Brazilian experience with the Zika outbreak, and the challenges faced by the country's public health response.
The University is also proud to welcome representatives from several of the Brazilian social movements that have been at the forefront of the response to Zika, including associations of mothers of children with Zika Congenital Syndrome. They will share their experience of inadequate response on the part of the health system, and their ongoing struggle against neglect.
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