International Workshop on Strengthening Health Services to Fight Zika

About the workshop

On November 28-30, 2017, USAID sponsored an International Workshop on Strengthening Health Services to Fight Zika, organized by the USAID ASSIST Project in cooperation with UNICEF, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), International Planned Parenthood Federation, the Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) and Knowledge for Health (K4Health).  The workshop was convened in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic with over 100 participants from 10 countries. 

Government officials, USAID staff, and partner representatives from Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, and Paraguay, along with USAID implementing partners and experts, participated in structured discussions to share experiences, identify best practices, and articulate strategies to tackle the main challenges in assuring prevention, care and support to infants and families affected by Zika.

The workshop also presented up-to-date, evidence-based information about the Zika virus and care and support and reinforced coordination among USAID implementing partners, ministries of health and social services, and other organizations involved in the Zika response throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. The workshop concluded with discussions among country teams and partners on proposed lines of action to strengthen health services in the Zika response.

In the coming weeks, country delegations will convene meetings of government stakeholders and partners to present the ideas and strategies discussed in the workshop to national authorities for decision-making on implementation.


Panels, Presentations, and Discussions

November 28

Opening ceremony and welcoming words
Dr. Ramón Alvarado, Viceministro de Salud de Planificación y Desarrollo, Dominican Republic; Dr. Nelson Rodríguez Monegro, National Health Services, Dominican Republic; Mr. Haven Cruz- Hubbard, Acting Director, USAID/Dominican Republic; Dr. Rosa Elcarte, UNICEF, Dominican Republic; Dr. Alma Morales, PAHO Dominican Republic; Dr. M. Rashad Massoud, ASSIST Project

Experts’ panel: The Zika epidemic and the international response
Moderator: Dr. M. Rashad Massoud

Country experiences panel #1: Empowering women and their partners to protect themselves from Zika: the role of health services
Moderator: Ms. Denitza Andjelic, IPPF

Why a gender approach is key in health services to fighting Zika
Dr. Taroub Faramand and Ms. Elga Salvador, WI-HER (also available in English)

Breakout group discussion and report out (mixed countries)
Experiences, good practices, challenges and strategies to empower pregnant women and their partners to protect themselves from Zika

Zika Communication Network
Ms. Anne Ballard Sara and Ms. Brittany Goetsch, K4Health

Status and role of family planning in the context of the Zika epidemic in the LAC region
Dr. Mark Hathaway, MCSP

November 29

Experts’ panel: Congenital Zika syndrome: clinical aspects, health services challenges, and the experience of Pernambuco, Brazil
Moderator: Dr. Carlos Mancilla, UNICEF

Country experiences panel #2: Psycho-emotional support to pregnant women and mothers/families affected from Zika: challenges and successful interventions
Moderator: Dr. José Mordán, Ministry of Health, Dominican Republic;

Breakout group discussion and report out (mixed countries)
Experiences, good practices, challenges and strategies to assure psycho-emotional support to pregnant women, mothers and families affected by Zika

Country experiences panel #3: Screening newborns for congenital Zika syndrome – challenges and successful interventions
Moderator: Dr. Vivian Salomon, USAID, Guatemala;

Breakout group discussion and report out (mixed countries)
Experiences, good practices, challenges and strategies for timely screening of newborns for congenital Zika syndrome

November 30

Experts’ panel: An integrated vision for caring and supporting Zika-affected infants and families
Moderator: Ms. Carol Rao, USAID

The Brazil experience from the perspective of the Secretary of Health of the State of Pernambuco, Brazil
Dr. George Santiago Dimech, Secretary of Health, Pernambuco State, Brazil

Breakout group work by country
Discuss and record identified priority objectives, strategies, lines of action, main activities and partner support to implement care and support activities aimed at infants and families affected by Zika for 2018. In report-out session, each country team presents proposed implementation plan for moving forward after conference, including priority objectives, lines of action, challenges, main activities, and recommendations for partner support.


Videos

Videos from Fundación Altino Ventura, Brazil

Date: 
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 08:30 to Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 15:30
Location: 
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Organization: 
USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project/URC
Contact Name: 
Jorge Hermida
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