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Kaiser Family Foundation Policy Insight, PHR Paper Examine Reproductive Health Challenges For Women Affected By Zika Virus

Kaiser Family Foundation: Zika Virus: The Challenge for Women
In the latest post in the Policy Insights series, Jen Kates, Kaiser Family Foundation vice president and director of global health & HIV policy, and Josh Michaud, associate director, and Allison Valentine, policy analyst, both with the foundation’s global health policy team, examine how warnings over the rapid emergence of Zika virus in the Americas and its association with a severe birth defect impact women in the region, as some health officials are calling for women to avoid pregnancy even though they have limited reproductive health access in some of the affected countries. They also examine the role of the U.S. government in addressing Zika (2/1).

Physicians for Human Rights: Zika Virus Highlights Limitations to Reproductive Health Policies in Affected Countries
“…PHR released a paper [Monday] outlining priority actions the international community and governments should take to respond to the spread of the Zika virus. ‘Recommendations to avoid pregnancy in countries where governments regularly limit women’s access to reproductive health services are absurd,’ said Marianne Møllmann, PHR’s senior researcher. ‘[Monday’s] WHO emergency meeting should move to implement policies that empower women to protect themselves’…” (2/1).

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