Multi-Partner Trust Fund for Zika Virus Response Has Been Released by UN [ Current Affairs ]


UN Zika Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) has been released by United Nations to finance critical unfunded priorities in the response to the Zika outbreak it was launched by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the UN Headquarters in New York, United States.

Key facts

  • To support a synchronized response from the UN system and partners the Fund seeks to offer a rapid, flexible and responsible platform.
  • In consultation with UN agencies, partners and international epidemiological experts it will nonstop care the Zika Strategic Response Framework established by the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • This fund will help contributors to donate to a central point and an Advisory Committee will direct funds to the highest-priority actions in the affected countries.

Zika Strategic Response Framework

  • It aims to investigate and answer back to the bunch of microcephaly and other neurological complications linked to Zika virus.
  • It aims to increase preventive measures, communicate risks, and provide care and support to those pretentious by Zika virus.


  • 61 countries and territories have reported local outbreak of Zika virus which is caused by a virus transmitted primarily by Aedes mosquitoes from January 2015.
  • The outbreak of the virus in some countries especially in Latin America has been go together with by an unparalleled rise in the number of children being born with abnormally small heads – identified with as microcephaly.
  • Several countries also have described a growth in Guillain-Barre syndrome (GES) – a neurological disorder that can prime to paralysis and death.
  • WHO had professed group of cases of microcephaly and other nervous disorders, in specific GES as a public health emergency of global concern in February 2016.

- Published on: May 10, 2016