In 2015, Brazil sampled a test positive for the Zika virus and the Pan American Health Organization issued an alert regarding these findings. Since then, Brazil and many other West Hemispheric countries have reported neurological and developmental disorders associated with its explosive proliferation.
First detected in 1952 in Uganda, the tropical infection is closely related to the West Nile Virus and Yellow Fever. It is characterized by mild, week-long symptoms of fever, headache, rash, joint/ muscle pain, and conjunctivitis. The Aedes mosquito-born Zika virus elicits strong correlations between itself, congenital microcephaly (newborn babies), Guilliain-Barré syndrome (adult males), and pesticides.
Much research is still being conducted.
Current treatment is focused on relieving symptoms; there is no cure.
The World Health Organization expects 3-4 million new cases in the Americas over the next year. Further, earlier this month, the health agency convened in Geneva in declaration of an international public health emergency.
The Zika Virus Initiative, a subsidiary organization created by The G.O.Y.A. Project, was established to improve access to sanitary and family planning resources within the Western Hemisphere. Further, the committee seeks to provide monetary and/ or material donations, collaborate with grassroots and campus (Rutgers) organizations, and hold a fundraising/ donations drive.
With warm regards, The G.O.Y.A. Project welcomes their first partner, C.A.F.E. de Colombia, with whom the organization has entered into a joint venture partnership with. C.A.F.E. de Colombia is a student-led organization that has pledged life-long service to The Republic of Colombia.
In concert with their joint partner, C.A.F.E. de Colombia and many more cosponsors, The G.O.Y.A. Project hopes their efficacy within the West Hemisphere will be as prosperous and gratifying as their efficacy within West Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States.
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