Around the World: WHO’s Role in Addressing Zika Virus Spread

Published on in Parents PACK

Updated April 18, 2016, with new findings.

In response to the current Zika virus outbreak, the World Health Organization (WHO) created a Strategic Response Framework and Joint Operations Plan. The plan contains a summary of the current situation and an outline of WHO’s strategy to address it. This includes:

  • Enhancing surveillance of the Zika virus and disorders linked to it, such as microcephaly and possibly Guillain-Barré syndrome
  • Improving control of mosquitoes that transmit the virus
  • Effectively communicating risks
  • Implementing guidance and protection measures for the public
  • Offering assistance with medical care if needed
  • Fast-tracking research and development of vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics

WHO’s strategies in specific countries or regions will be dependent upon the situation in each country or area.

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