CODE Zika Brazil

"Fertility amidst the Zika Epidemic in Brazil" SALDRU Seminar

presented Dr. Leticia Marteleto

Wed, June 12, 2019 | Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) Seminar Room

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


Dr. Marteleto will present her seminar titled "Fertility amidst the Zika Epidemic in Brazil" at the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) on June 12th, 2019.

About the Seminar

In late 2015, the Brazilian Ministry of Health and the Pan American Health Organization classified the increase in congenital malformations associated with the Zika Virus (ZIKV) a public health emergency. The risk of ZIKV-related congenital syndrome posed an exogenous threat to reproductive outcomes that could result in declining numbers of live births and potentially fertility.
Using monthly microdata on live births from the Brazilian Information System on Live Births (Sinasc), this paper examines live births and fertility trends amidst the ZIKV epidemic in Brazil. Findings suggest a decline in live births that is stratified across educational and geographic lines, beginning approximately nine months after the call for pregnancy postponement. While declines in total fertility rates were small, fertility trends estimated by age and maternal education suggest important differences in how Zika might have impacted Brazil’s fertility structure. Further findings confirm the significant declines in live births in mid-2016 even when controlling for characteristics of the municipality, and highlight important nuances in the timing and magnitude of the decline. Combined, findings highlight the importance of understanding how the risk of a health threat directed at fetuses has led to declines in live births and fertility.



Amy Jephthah

Date: Wednesday, 12 June 2019
Lunch: 12h30 - 13h00, Staff Lounge, 4th Floor, School of Economics, Middle Campus
Seminar: 13h00 - 14h00, Seminar Room, 4th Floor, School of Economics, Middle Campus

Read more about the event here.

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