Zika virus


Actualités concernant la Zika

Greicy Alves with her son, Gabriel, who has microcephaly. Ms. Alves was diagnosed with Zika in her first trimester. Marginalized women are disproportionately affected by the outbreak. © UNFPA/Tatiana Almeida
21 Juillet 2016 Poverty, inequality at the heart of the Zika outbreak
When 30-year-old Greicy Alves was diagnosed with Zika in her first trimester, it did not seem like a big deal. The disease was widely considered to be mild. But by the time her son, Gabriel, was born, the disease had...
10 Mai 2016 Improving access to family planning in Haiti amidst the threat of Zika virus
Reaching the health clinic closest to Baie D’Orange, a remote, landlocked town in the southeast of Haiti, requires walking two hours over poor roads to the town of Seguin. As a result, women and girls living in this...



On 1 Feb 2016, the World Health Organization declared a sudden cluster of microcephaly cases and related neurological malformations an international public health emergency. These cases of neurological issues are related to an outbreak of Zika, a mosquito-borne virus that has been linked to severe neurological complications in developing foetuses as well as Guillain-Barré syndrome.

Since 2015, more than 65 countries have reported evidence of vector-borne Zika virus transmission.