Zika and Ebola had a much worse effect on women: we need more research to address this in future

Outbreaks of the Ebola virus – declared as a public health emergency in 2015 – and, more recently, Zika, had a disproportionate impact on women. In issuing emergency advice, international agencies acknowledged the different experiences of men and women during both crises. But as we found in our recently published article in International Affairs, the advice they offered did not take into account women’s limited capacity to protect themselves from infection. We found less than 1% of published research papers around the time of both outbreaks, and that related to the outbreaks, actually explored their gendered impact. Research that examines…
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