World Bank provides USD 150 million aid to Latin America and Caribbean regions to combat Zika virus
The World Bank has come forward to help countries in Latin America and Caribbean regions against the Zika virus outbreak and has provided an immediate aid of USD150 million. The estimation of amount is based on current demands for financing and follows an extensive engagement with governments across the region, including sending teams of technical experts to affected areas. The World Bank is ready to increase the aid amount if additional financing is needed. The financing will aid a range of activities related to the Zika virus outbreak, involving vector surveillance & control; identification of people most at risk, especially pregnant women; follow-up & care through pregnancy and postnatal care for neurological complications; promoting access to family planning, public awareness, self-protection steps, community mobilization and other activities that will ensure a robust, well-targeted and well-coordinated response. World Bank Group teams are actively working with the affected countries on their Zika plans and responding to technical support requests.