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WHO Launches $56M Global Zika Response Plan

News outlets discuss the release of the WHO’s Zika response plan.

CIDRAP News: WHO unveils Zika game plan, mosquito-control assessment
“The World Health Organization (WHO) [Tuesday] released the details of a joint strategy to battle Zika virus, which will cost $56 million to implement, and weighed in on mosquito control, a complex challenge that might get a boost from new techniques…” (Schnirring, 2/16).

Reuters: WHO issues $56 million plan to combat Zika virus
“…The WHO expects the funds to come from member states and other donors and said that in the meantime it has tapped a new emergency contingency fund for $2 million to finance its initial operations…” (Nebehay, 2/17).

U.N. News Centre: Zika: U.N. health agency launches global response strategy; Member States briefed on outbreak
“…The Strategic Response Framework and Joint Operations Plan focuses on mobilizing and coordinating partners, experts, and resources to help countries enhance surveillance of the Zika virus and disorders that could be linked to it; improve vector control; effectively communicate risks, guidance and protection measures; provide medical care to those affected; and fast-track research and development of vaccines, diagnostics, and therapeutics…” (2/16).

Washington Post: WHO: $56 million to fight Zika outbreak. U.S.: $1.8 billion to combat Zika virus.
“…In releasing Tuesday’s action plan, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said the Zika outbreak is ‘particularly serious’ due to the potential for its further spread, the lack of immunity among many populations and the absence of vaccines, treatments, and tests to detect the disease. What’s needed, she said, is a forceful response ‘to prevent further outbreaks and control them when they do occur, and to facilitate research that will help us better understand this virus and its effects’…” (Dennis, 2/16).

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