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.

Active search of reproductive health clients to provide Zika counseling in Honduras

The case study describes the use of a screening tool for active search of women and men of reproductive age and their partners attending specialized external consultations and other services at Gabriela Alvarado General Hospital in the...

Marcos de apoyo psicoemocional en el contexto del Zika

APOYO PSICOSOCIAL: Consejeria en crisis en el contexto del Zika Este folleto psicosocial proporciona una guía para brindar apoyo a través de acciones y lenguaje corporal. Siguiendo el acrónimo "P.O.D.E.R." el folleto proporciona...

Brindando apoyo psicoemocional a madres y estimulacion a ninos afectados por sindrome congenito asociado al virus del Zika

El Hospital General del Sur (HGS), con sede en la ciudad de Choluteca y la Región Departamental de Choluteca, inauguró en noviembre del 2017 una clínica de manejo integral para niños con microcefalia, que surgió con el propósito de dar...

Materiales para vigilancia neurodesarrollo infantes Nicaragua

Spanish El paquete pedagógico es una herramienta para el desarrollo de competencias en el personal de las instituciones prestadoras de servicios de salud y en los estudiantes de las que son formadoras de recursos humanos para el sector...

Dando respuesta a los asuntos de género para mejorar los resultados en la atención en salud relacionada con el Zika

Este documento proporciona información sobre los problemas relacionados con el género en relación con la atención médica relacionada con el Zika. Resalta los principales problemas: • Roles y valores relacionados con el género • Acceso...

Responding to Gender Issues to Improve Outcomes in Zika-related Health Care

This document provides information on the issues surrounding gender with regards to Zika- related health care. It highlights the main issues: • Gender-related roles and values • Limited access to and/or control over sexuality education,...

Inicia la capacitación en apoyo psicoemocional a proveedores de salud

La Secretaria de Salud de Honduras (SESAL), con el apoyo técnico y logístico del Proyecto ASSIST de USAID, ha elaborado un plan de capacitación con las herramientas necesarias para capacitar en como brindar apoyo psicoemocional a todo el...

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