Zika Virus and El Salvador’s National Healthcare System
El Salvador, to date, has had one of the most significant public policy reactions to the Zika virus. Its government told women to avoid getting pregnant until 2018. There were an estimated 6,000 cases of Zika in El Salvador last year. One hundred pregnant women have tested positive for Zika, but unlike countries such as Brazil, El Salvador has no declared cases of microcephaly, a birth defect linked to Zika.
We’ll talk about how Zika is affecting lives in Chicago as well in El Salvador, with Don Lassus, a Chicago physician with the group, Doctors for Global Health. He and his physician wife volunteer in El Salvador.
Debra Gittler is one of our Global Activists. Her literacy NGO, ConTextos, is based in El Salvador, but she recently left the country after she discovered she was pregnant.
We’ll also get a Salvadoran perspective from Dr. Silvia Lorena Martinez Guzman, an emergency room physician in San Salvador.