- Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 12:10PM - 1:15PM
- YLS Room 122
- Open To The Public
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In late 2015, Brazil captivated global attention with a surge in cases of Zika infection as well as babies being born with a condition known as microcephaply. Shortly thereafter, the WHO declared Zika a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The disproportionate concentration of Zika in Latin American communities already experiencing marginalization along racial, class, and gender lines has brought to the fore questions about how governments address inequities and human rights in their responses. More specifically, there has been global concern with respect to the sexual and reproductive health rights of women, who were often given unrealistic advice to delay pregnancy without recognition of the multiple barriers they face in making autonomous and informed decisions regarding their reproductive lives.
Since 2016, students and partners of the Global Health Justice Partnership (GHJP) Clinic have been at the forefront of advocating for rights-based responses to the Zika outbreak. This Brown Bag event offers a moderated panel with three former and current students (Andi Espinoza, Hayden Rodarte, Juliana Cesario Alvim Gomes) who worked in spring 2017 with the Center for Reproductive Rights to analyze policy responses to the Zika epidemic.
The panelists will discuss their learnings, including the challenges and contradictions, that emerged from their in-country research on the epidemic’s impact on reproductive health practices and services in Brazil and El Salvador.
Global Health Justice Partnership