EVENT DATE: May 31, 2016
There is no cure for Zika and finding a vaccine can take up to 10 years. The World Health Organization reports that Zika can be bigger than Ebola, because 80% of infected people show no symptoms of carrying the virus. The United Nations also report that Zika can be as serious as HIV because cases were found to be transmitted through sexual intercourse.
In the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago the rainy season is June to December. Trinidad and Tobago has an above ground drainage infrastructure and pollution has caused nationwide stagnated water; conditions ideal for the Aedes aegypti mosquito infestation that spreads the Zika virus and ultimately the high possibility of a Zika epidemic. There are five (5) confirmed Zika cases to date In Trinidad and Tobago, but this will rise in the upcoming rainy season. If a Zika epidemic breaks out, pregnant women will be affected and statistics shows that 1 in 50 babies with the Zika virus will contract microcephaly (undeveloped brains). This can result in death. If the baby survives, they may have problems regulating body functions, experience seizures, or have physical disabilities. Adults can also die or experience body paralysis through contracting Zika. Zika can cause Guillain-Barre syndrome, which causes the body to attack its immune system.
Please support our campaign to purchase and distribute 500 mosquito nets and 1000 bottles of 30% DEET repellent to under privileged people in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. While it is clear that this campaign can do little to address the serious underlying problems, it will save the lives of children and adults in the long run at this critical time. Please give whatever you can, and act now.