HRSA Awards $17 Million to Reach Populations in U.S. Territories Affected by Zika

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Health Resources and Services Administration
Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded $17 million today to health departments in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa to provide access to comprehensive health care and support services for children and families affected by Zika virus in these territories.

The funding is being made available under the Zika Response and Preparedness Appropriations Act of 2016.

“The current spread of the Zika virus poses a significant threat to public health, including the health of women, children and families,” said HRSA Acting Administrator Jim Macrae. “This funding will help support a set of services for the maternal and child health population.”

As of December 7, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 32,848 locally acquired cases of Zika virus in Puerto Rico, 807 in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and 57 in American Samoa.  

 “Children born to mothers who test positive for Zika virus during pregnancy will require coordinated, multidisciplinary care that includes consistent follow up and management,” said HRSA Associate Administrator for Maternal and Child Health, Michael Lu. “A comprehensive system of care is an integral part of meeting the needs of children born to mothers who test positive for Zika.”




Award Amount

Puerto Rico                                      Department of Health

Puerto Rico


U.S. Virgin Islands                        Department of Health

U.S. Virgin Islands


America Samoa                 

Department of Health

America Samoa


For more information about available federal resources to help states respond to Zika, read HRSA’s Zika Resource Guide:

To learn more about the HRSA and how it is addressing the Zika virus, visit

For more information on the U.S. efforts to combat the Zika virus, visit


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Date Last Reviewed:  March 2017