Americares Distributes Zika-Protective Clothing for Expectant Mothers
Patients of the Americares Family Clinic in Santiago de Maria, El Salvador, have been the recipients of the revolutionary shirts crafted from bio-repellent-treated textile in order to defend expectant mothers from the mosquitos that spread the dreaded Zika virus.
Maternova is a social enterprise dedicated to developing, selling and distributing innovations that improve maternal and child health globally. The company is creating stylish and culturally appropriate Zika-protection clothing designed especially for pregnant women who face the greatest risk from the mosquito-borne virus. Maternova is partnering with Americares to distribute the first garment in the collection to pregnant women in El Salvador. The innovative apparel line for women and adolescent girls will also include tops, dresses, pants and scarves, including maternity styles. Zika infections have been linked to microcephaly, a condition that affects brain development in newborns.
The patent-protected nanotechnology is used to bind repellent to the fabric for up to 50 washes. It is odorless and was designed specifically with pregnant women in mind. Americares patients will be asked for detailed input on the clothing designs to ensure the line is culturally appropriate, comfortable and