Alice*, 15, holds her baby in Recife, Brazil. He was born with microcephaly, a condition where babies are born with smaller than normal head size and underdeveloped brains that can lead to severe developmental disorders.. © UNICEF/UN011574/Ueslei Marcelino
“Towards the end of my pregnancy, they told me my son had a problem in his head, a calcification,” remembers Alice*, a 15-year-old mother from Brazil “Then, when he was born I learned he had microcephaly.”
“Then they asked if I had Zika and I didn’t even know what that was.”
“Now I will take care of him, which is what is important. I need to be very responsible. Sometimes I don’t even sleep. I have stopped studying. I intended to get back, but with all his treatments… it would be very complicated, very intense.”
UNICEF is working in 35 countries across Latin America and the Carribean to control the spread of Zika Virus, limit its impact on children and their families and help drive the development of rapid diagnostics and vaccines.