USAID ASSIST to host Zika eLearning course for public health providers

San Salvador, El Salvador - The USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project, financed by USAID, will host an eLearning course on Zika for public health providers. The course will commence on January 23, 2017 and will bring together 250 professionals from the Ministry of Health and Social Security of El Salvador.

This course will focus on strengthening the response to the Zika epidemic in ASSIST-supported regions, as part of the support ASSIST provides to El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and Paraguay.

The purpose of the course is to develop the competencies of public health workers that work on family planning, or with pregnant mothers and newborns, are facing the Zika emergency epidemic in the Americas. The course aims to develop their capacity to problem-solve and implement solutions based on knowledge, skill, abilities, and attitudes on Zika.

Over the course of six weeks and six development modules, the eLearning course will cover aspects related to access and quality of family planning, pre-natal care, diagnosis, counseling of pregnant women, case management of Zika on infected mothers, as well as initial diagnosis and management of the congenital Zika virus syndrome.

The Zika epidemic is a short-term crisis and long-term public health challenge. As such, the education and training of health service workers, and overall health systems strengthening, is crucial in the long-term fight against Zika.

Those interested in further information on this course, or on the work of ASSIST in the Americas to strengthen the response to Zika, please contact:


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