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Zika, abortion and health emergencies: a review of contemporary debates

Wenham, Clare ORCID: 0000-0001-5378-3203, Arevalo, Amaral, Coast, Ernestina ORCID: 0000-0002-8703-307X, Corrêa, Sonia, Cuellar, Katherine, Leone, Tiziana ORCID: 0000-0001-9671-5382 and Valongueiro, Sandra (2019) Zika, abortion and health emergencies: a review of contemporary debates. Globalization and Health, 15 (1). ISSN 1744-8603

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Identification Number: 10.1186/s12992-019-0489-3


Background: The Zika outbreak provides pertinent case study for considering the impact of health emergencies on abortion decision-making and/or for positioning abortion in global health security debates. Main Body: This paper provides a baseline of contemporary debates taking place in the intersection of two key health policy areas, and seeks to understand how health emergency preparedness frameworks and the broader global health security infrastructure is prepared to respond to future crises which implicate sexual and reproductive rights. Our paper suggests there are three key themes that emerge from the literature; 1) the lack of consideration of Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services in outbreak response 2) structural inequalities that permeate the landscape of health emergencies, such as Zika, and 3) the need for rights based approaches to health. Conclusion: Global health security planning and response should specifically include programmatic activity for SRH provision during health emergencies.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2019 The Authors
Divisions: Health Policy
International Development
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA1001 Forensic Medicine. Medical jurisprudence. Legal medicine
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2019 10:15
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:40

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