Support mothers and children
affected by Zika
This year we decided to dedicate the proceeds of our Holiday Party and End of the Year Campaign to support mothers and children with Zika in the Northeast region of Brazil.
Congenital Zika Syndrome is a set of symptoms seen in the child of mothers infected by the zika virus while pregnant. Recently the phenomenon has been appearing in poor and rural communities in Brazil, the global epicenter of the epidemic, with cities in rural Paraíba, Pernambuco, Alagoas and Bahia among the most affected.
Low-income women in Brazil’s northeast are at higher-risk of infection due to inadequate sanitation infrastructure in the region – promoting the proliferation of mosquito-transmitted illnesses – and poor access to health services. Babies and pregnant women with the syndrome have special needs, of which many mothers are unaware or are unable to attend to due to lack of resources. These women are also often abandoned by their partners, leaving them to care for the child alone.
BrazilFoundation is partnering with 2 NGOs, Anis – Instituto de Bioetica, working with women in rural Alagoas and Paraiba, and Abraço Microcefalia, in Salvador.
With your support these organizations will be able to:
• Hold workshops for pregnant women and mothers of affected children on social inclusion, health needs, and reproductive and sexual health;
• Use a whatsapp support group that includes mothers of kids with zika across Brazil to provide orientation on health issues for the mothers and babies;
• Produce and distribute informational booklets on the zika vírus;
Make a donation to both organizations here:
Anis – Instituto de Bioética works with women in rural communities in Alagoas and Paraíba.
Check out photos below. Read more about this project here.
Abraço Microcefalia works with women in Salvador. Check out photos below.