Zika

The recent emergence and rapid spread of the Zika virus presents a grave, new challenge for health systems and practitioners across the Zika-affected regions, as they work to address the unique health needs and concerns of individuals and families affected by the epidemic.

Zika is spread primarily through the Aedes mosquito – the same species of mosquito that spreads dengue and chikungunya – but the virus can also be transmitted via sexual contact. Common symptoms of Zika for an otherwise healthy adult include mild fever, skin rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise or headache, lasting up to a week.However, most concerning for health workers is that Zika is passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus during pregnancy.

While the symptoms for an adult are mild, Zika infection during pregnancy can have grave consequences for the growing fetus. Zika infection during pregnancy has been linked to an increase in birth defects across the Zika-affected regions, particularly a serious birth defect called microcephaly, which results in unusually small heads and brain damage in newborns.

As part of USAID’s Zika response, ASSIST has been implementing health systems strengthening efforts in Latin America and the Caribbean to provide targeted support to health systems affected by the Zika virus. ASSIST is working to improve the capacity of Zika-related health services to deliver consistent, evidence-based, respectful, high-quality care—with a focus on pregnant women, newborns, and women of reproductive age.

To learn more about our work improving care in Zika, read this overview and explore our Zika resources and publications below.

In addition to the resources provided here, ASSIST maintains a website in Spanish with exclusively Zika-related content: www.maternoinfantil.org/zika.

Zika webinar series - Connecting and coordinating people and knowledge for an agile outbreak response

Online

The USAID Zika team in collaboration with GHPoD is putting on a webinar series to highlight accomplishments and lessons learned from partners across the Zika response. Please join representatives from the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs as they share strategies and lessons learned regarding how knowledge management efforts provide critical opportunities for partners to coordinate and exchange knowledge throughout the Zika response.

Informe Resumen de las Actividades del Proyecto de USAID “Aplicando la Ciencia a Fortalecer y Mejorar los Sistemas de Salud” en Honduras

El Proyecto de USAID Aplicando la Ciencia para Fortalecer y Mejorar los Sistemas de Salud (ASSIST) como organización implementadora de la Agencia de los Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional (USAID) tuvo como objetivo fortalecer...

Proyecto de USAID Aplicando la Ciencia para Fortalecer y Mejorar los Sistemas de Salud (ASSIST) Informe Resumen de El Salvador

Este informe describe en forma resumida las intervenciones y los resultados alcanzados en Mejora de la Calidad de la Atención y la asesoría técnica brindada por el Proyecto ASSIST de USAID al MINSAL e ISSS; así como los productos...

TAMIZAJE ADECUADO DE MICROCEFALIA, UN DESAFÍO EN EL HOSPITAL BÁSICO DE SHUSHUFINDI, ECUADOR

El Hospital Básico de Shushufindi (HBSSFND), está localizado en las estribaciones orientales de la provincia de Sucumbíos en Ecuador, en la frontera con Colombia. Es un hospital de segundo nivel básico que brinda atenciones a 55.500...

Zika webinar series - Children as Agents of Change in the Prevention of Zika and Other Vector-Borne Diseases

Online

The USAID Zika team in collaboration with GHPoD is putting on a webinar series to highlight accomplishments and lessons learned from partners across the Zika response. On Oct. 29th as the Combating Zika webinar series continues, this presentation highlighted the importance of actively engaging and empowering children and adolescents in disease prevention activities. 

Informe Resumen de las Actividades del Proyecto de USAID “Aplicando la Ciencia a Fortalecer y Mejorar los Sistemas de Salud” en Guatemala

Este informe busca describir en forma resumida las intervenciones y asesoría técnica brindadas por el Proyecto ASSIST de USAID en Guatemala al Ministerio de Salud Pública y Asistencia Social y sus establecimientos de salud en seis áreas de...

Zika webinar series - Engaging Communities and Leaders Towards Behavior Change Using a Social Behavior Change Strategy

Online

The USAID Zika team in collaboration with GHPoD is putting on a webinar series to highlight accomplishments and lessons learned from partners across the Zika response.  This presentation by Carla Sanchez from the CAZ project (Save the Children) , discussed a behavioral framework, and it’s adaptation, validation, and implementation at the country levels of the CAZ project (El Salvador, Honduras, Dominican Republic). The strategy helped to guide activity development per audience groups, trainings of trainers and community volunteers, and SBCC material development.

Zika webinar series: Improving Care and Support for Zika Affected Infants and Mothers: The Experience of the ASSIST Project in 13 LAC Countries

The USAID Zika team in collaboration with GHPoD is putting on a webinar series to highlight accomplishments and lessons learned from partners across the Zika response.  During the second webinar in the series, a  presentation by Graciela Avila and Diana Chamrad from the ASSIST project discussed the importance of finding women and children affected by Zika to assure that needed services (e.g., psychosocial support) are available and linked across the health system.

When: October 2, 2019 at 12 P.M. EST

Involucramiento del hombre en la prevención de la infección del Zika en Honduras

El estudio de caso describe las actividades desarrolladas por el personal del hospital de Tela en la Región de Atlántida, Honduras, para involucrar a los hombres en la prevención de la infección del virus del Zika y sus complicaciones. Una...

Involving Men in the Prevention of ZIka in Honduras

This case study describes activities carried out by personnel of the Tela Hospital, in the Atlántida Region of Honduras to involve men in the prevention of the Zika virus and its complications. One of the limitations of the strategy of...

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