Zika-affected countries have requested assistance from the World Bank to respond to the outbreak and the global financial institution is in close communication with the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization and affected countries to determine what its response will look like.
A worker for the health ministry fumigates a house in Guatemala to
combat the Aedes mosquitoes, which are the transmitters of the Zika
virus. What is the World Bank doing in response to the outbreak?
The mosquito-borne virus is spreading rapidly across Latin America and the Caribbean and is thought to be the causing microcephaly — a neurological condition associated with small heads in newborn babies.