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.

Antigua Gender Analysis Highlights

This short report is a gender analysis to identify key gender-related barriers and gaps that influence newborn and well-baby care systems in the context of Zika in Antigua.

Dominica Gender Analysis Highlights

This short report is a gender analysis to identify key gender-related barriers and gaps that influence newborn and well-baby care systems in the context of Zika in Dominica.

Shushufindi General Hospital at the Forefront of Quality Zika Care in Sucumbios, Ecuador

Team members of the three collaboratives executed with the assistance of the ASSIST- Zika Project working on the continuous improvement of quality Zika health care at Shushufindi General Hospital. “ASSIST’s technical assistance has enabled...

The Manta Health Center is Working as a Team to Offer Quality Zika Pre-natal Care

“Zika is a viral disease that can also be transmitted via sexual contact, with pregnant women being at risk of contracting the disease from their partners during their entire pregnancy. The Pre-natal Care Council, composed of health...

Gender integration in Zika response at medical and nursing schools in Nicaragua

Ivonne Gómez Pasquier

Chief of Party, Nicaragua, USAID ASSIST/URC

Elga Salvador

WI-HER/ Senior Gender Advisor

By: Ivonne Gómez, Chief of Party ASSIST Nicaragua and Elga Salvador, Senior Gender Advisor for WI-HER, LLC

Director Regional del Proyecto ASSIST de USAID Vista Paraguay

El Doctor Jorge Hermida, Director Regional del Proyecto ASSIST de USAID, realizó una visita técnica a Paraguay del 24 de junio al 2 de julio pasado. Durante su visita, el Dr. Hermida participó del Taller de Sostenibilidad y Transición,...

Ministerio de Salud de Paraguay Realiza Taller de Sostenibilidad y Transicion

Con la participación del Director del Proyecto ASSIST DE USAID, Dr. Rashad Massoud, el Director Regional del proyecto, Doctor Jorge Hermida y el equipo del proyecto ASSIST de Paraguay, el Ministerio de Salud se reunió para desarrollar un...

El Centro de Salud de Manta trabaja en equipo para brindar atención prenatal de calidad en el contexto del Zika

“Zika, es una enfermedad vírica que también puede ser trasmitida por contacto sexual con riesgo en la embarazada de adquirir la enfermedad en cualquier trimestre a través de su pareja. La consejería de prevención prenatal realizada por los...

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...