‘Os Afetados’: The Effects of the Zika Outbreak on Brazilian Mothers and Children
Arianna Mack and Christian Ledet
Imagine giving birth to your first child who suffers from a syndrome of a disease that you gave them not knowing you were ever sick. Imagine knowing that it could only have been prevented through government intervention. Your child now has to experience intellectual, physical, and sensory impairments as a result of a virus that remains in your untreated bloodstream. The government has offered financial support for your family, but you never actually see that money – and you’re only one of thousands of mothers in this position. This podcast explores the socio-political and socio-economic impacts of the Zika virus on low-income families, and particularly mothers, in the 2015 Zika epidemic.
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