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The World Health Organization, WHO, working in concert with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), has intensified its intervention in tackling the Zika virus disease. The WHO is sending its DG, Margaret Chan, to Brazil, and will be joined by the director of the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO, Carissa F. Etienne. Both are meeting this week with top Brazilian officials, including Minister of Health, Marcelo Castro, to assess the Zika virus situation and response.

During their visit to Brazil, Chan and Etienne will meet with President Dilma Rousseff on Tuesday, February 23, at the Presidential Palace.

They are scheduled to visit the National Center for Risk and Disaster Management, CENAD, for discussions with top cabinet members, including the ministers of health, national integration, defence, foreign affairs, social development and fight against hunger alleviation, as well as the secretary of government and the executive secretary of the Ministry of Education.

As part of their assessment of actions taken by Brazil in response to Zika virus infection and its possible consequences, Chan and Etienne will be in Recife, Pernambuco, on February 24 to visit the Institute of Integrative Medicine Professor Fernando Figueira (IMIP), a clinical research center that is the National Referral Center for Mother and Child Care Programs.

WHO Executive Director for Outbreaks and Health Emergencies Bruce Aylward will accompany them.

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