Using Uruguay’s harm reduction approach to allow women with Zika infection to have legal abortions & WHO advice on Zika

The Vice Minister of Public Health in Uruguay, who introduced a harm reduction policy for reducing the risk of unsafe abortions before the country’s abortion law was reformed, has suggested a similar policy in relation to Zika infection | WHO releases new advice on Olympic Games, Zika infection, pregnancy and safer sex.

Correction to Zika Virus Update re Brazil policy

The Ministry of Social Development has been announcing that it would grant access to a social security benefit known as the BCP (in the value of one monthly minimum wage: US$ 300) for all mothers of babies affected by Zika related congenital syndrome. However, since then, the only concrete measure that has been adopted was the transfer of additional resources to states to accelerate the diagnostics of Zika infections and related effects.

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