Japan helps Honduras to fight Zika

The Japanese government donated $250,000 to Honduras to help improve availability and access to contraceptives in response to the Zika virus

The Japanese government donated $250,000 to Honduras to help improve availability and access to contraceptives in response to the Zika virus

The funds will be used to purchase contraceptives and reduce risks posed to pregnant women who may be infected by Zika, the Health Ministry said in a statement.

Zika has been linked to a neurodevelopment disorder known as microcephaly, in which babies are born with brain damage and a smaller-than-normal head size.

Japanese Ambassador to Honduras Kenji Okada gave the donation to Health Minister Yolani Batres, who thanked Japan for the assistance.

The minister said the funds would help women to “better plan” pregnancies amid the spread of Zika.

The Health Ministry also said the United Nations Population Fund would donate 10,000 female condoms to Honduras and support health personnel training and counseling of women who decide to become pregnant.

The donations are a response to the call made to the international community by President Juan Orlando Hernandez to support Zika control and prevention efforts.

In 2016, the Health Ministry has registered some 19,000 people with Zika, of whom 230 are pregnant women.

The Zika virus, which is mainly transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, causes fever, joint pain and rashes.

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