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.

Premian iniciativas en prevención y control el virus del Zika en el Perú

En la fotografía, autoridades de USAID Perú, DIRESA Piura, y Proyecto ASSIST Perú acompañando a representantes del C.S. Catacaos a su reconocimiento Perú, 31 mayo de 2019 .- El Proyecto ASSIST Zika Perú, la Dirección Regional de Salud...

Asegurando el seguimiento de niños y niñas afectados por Zika en la Región I de Salud, República Dominicana

El seguimiento a los niños y niñas afectados por Síndrome Congénito Asociado al Zika y Microcefalia es uno de los aspectos que guarda suma importancia en la evolución de estos niños y niñas. El Proyecto ASSIST de USAID ha brindado...

Cómo hacer frente al Zika: Una oportunidad para fortalecer los servicios de salud en Paraguay

Izquierda: El equipo de Mejora de la Calidad en el Hospital Regional de Ciudad del Este, departamento de Alto Paraná: la Dra. Esdilma Jara, la Dra. Liza Morel, el Dr. Juan Ángel Silva, el Dr. Carlos Gómez y la Dra. María Luisa Melgarejo,...

Addressing Zika: an opportunity to strengthen health services in Paraguay

Left:The QI team at the Regional Hospital in Ciudad del Este, Alto Parana region: DR. Esdilma Jara, Dr. Liza Morel, Dr. Juan Angel Silva, Dr. Carlos Gomez and Dr Maria Luisa Melgarejo, with the ASSIST project technical facilitator Dr...

Ensuring the Follow-up of Children Affected by Zika in Health Region I, Dominican Republic

The follow-up of children affected by Congenital Zika Syndrome and Microcephaly is one of the most important aspects in the evolution of these children. The USAID ASSIST Project has provided technical assistance to the personnel (Doctors,...

En Nicaragua, el seguimiento de los niños expuestos al Zika es una realidad sostenible

Delegados del SILAIS Nueva Segovia en una sesión de trabajo bimestral evaluando las historias clínicas de niños con síndrome congénito del Zika El Ministerio de Salud implementó las primeras medidas para la detección, provisión de atención...

In Nicaragua, Following up with Children Exposed to Zika is a Sustainable Reality

Delegates from SILAIS Nueva Segovia in a bi-monthly work session reviewing medical records of children with Congenital Syndrome Associated with Zika The Ministry of Health implemented the first actions for detection, care provision and...

Standardizing the process of Care to Reach Children in Difficult Places in Honduras

Mother demonstrates stimulation techniques that she learned at hospital due to the support of ASSIST, Honduras 19-year-old Jane didn’t think that there was anything different about her baby right away, but immediately she noticed that he...

Cómo estandarizar el proceso de atención para que llegue a los niños en lugares difíciles en Honduras

Una madre demuestra las técnicas de estimulación que aprendió en el hospital gracias al apoyo de ASSIST, Honduras Jane, de 19 años, no pensó de inmediato que su bebé tenía algo diferente, pero se dio cuenta inmediatamente de que no lloraba...

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