Earlier in February, the government of Honduras declared a national emergency as the outbreak of the Zika Virus drastically increased throughout the country. The mosquito-born virus’ symptoms are similar to those of dengue fever and chikungunya, with its most common symptoms being fever, rash, muscle pain, joint pain and conjunctivitis. There are also cases in which it causes birth defects in pregnant women. There is no vaccination to prevent the virus, and, thus, the fight to control the spread of Zika has taken place through fumigation and treatment of those already affected.
With the vast number of individuals contracting Zika, and the limited medical resources in Honduras, Crossroads Alliance and Ministries is responding by donating $50M of medicine to our partners in Honduras – including the Ruth Paz Clinic and the Women’s Rotary Club of Honduras – for distribution to the areas of greatest need.