March of Dimes Focuses on Children with Zika-Related Defects

March of Dimes


Terrell Herring serves as the president of Alamo Pharma Services, Inc., in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. A committed philanthropist, Terrell (“Terry”) Herring has provided considerable support to March of Dimes and its efforts to end birth defects.

In early March, a government report showed that brain abnormalities and microcephaly had occurred in 33 times more births in the United States since the arrival of Zika. The virus has serious consequences for pregnant women and their children, which has fueled March of Dimes to take new steps toward preventing and treating Zika infections.

The organization has teamed with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to undertake a coordinated effort against Zika. The partnership involves the creation of a website where families affected by Zika can find specialized care, as well as continuing education for nurses about Zika. March of Dimes will also create Zika prevention kits for new mothers in Puerto Rico. These kits include mosquito nets, clothing, and tips for preventing infection.

March of Dimes considers it critical for women who are pregnant and those who may become pregnant to understand how to prevent Zika. The organization has increased its social media presence to field questions related to baby health and Zika.