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Webinar: "Pyscho-emotional and pyscho-social support in the context of Zika" (in Spanish)

24 May 2017

This webinar is only offered in SPANISH / ESPAÑOL.

June 1, 2017 -- 12-1:30pm Quito / 1-2:30pm Washington, DC / 5-6:30pm GMT

In the context of the Zika epidemic, many women and their families feel great fear, uncertainty, and stress during pregnancy because of the worry that their baby could be born with microcephaly or suffer other consequences of the virus.

Health workers and systems are not always prepared to provide the information that mothers and families need to confront this situation, such as the necessary social and emotional support.

This Spanish-…

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Zika Communication Mapping Supports National Stakeholders to Navigate the Communication Response

24 May 2017

This post originally appeared on the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3).

At the height of a public health emergency, social and behavior change communication (SBCC) has a crucial role to play in mitigating negative health outcomes. A key part of an SBCC response to an emergency situation is to understand not only what SBCC activities and campaigns other stakeholders are conducting, but also where those activities are taking place. Beginning in late 2016, the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) initiated a Zika communication activity mapping…

A doctor speaks with a new mother about Zika. Photo by Mélida Chaguaceda.

Health workers come face-to-face with Zika Congenital Syndrome

13 Apr 2017

This post originally appeared on USAID ASSIST Project's website in English and Spanish.

As part of USAID’s Zika virus epidemic emergency response, ASSIST is providing technical support to the Ministry of Health in five countries—the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua—to train health care providers on counseling skills, improve Zika-related clinical processes, and implement a Zika quality improvement program. Learn more.

In honor of World Health Worker Week, we met with a neonatologist and two nurses working to…

Partnership coordinators Djina Delatour, Julie Cadet-Elize, and Ricarda Germain of SHOPS Plus record a weekly radio show in the project’s Port-au-Prince office using Skype.

Radio call-in show raises awareness of Zika, cholera, family planning

27 Mar 2017

This post originally appeared in the latest news of SHOPS Plus.

The voices of SHOPS Plus staff in Haiti can be heard weekly in homes around the Caribbean nation, giving advice on current public health topics. Project staff in Port-au-Prince work with Voice of America’s Creole service to produce a weekly radio show.

The 45-minute broadcast addresses Zika and cholera epidemics, as well as family planning, child nutrition, and vaccination. Listeners call in with questions in Creole, which are answered by hosts from the project. The first show, which was a response to Hurricane…

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The Art of Adaptation When Adapting Communication Materials in a Hurry

21 Mar 2017

This post originally appeared in English on the Ebola Communication Network and has been translated into Spanish given that its guidance is relevant for the Zika context as well.

If you Google “brochure” and “family planning,” you get page after page of links to brochures, most of them to reputable materials you can use. But replace “family planning” with “Ebola,” and there aren’t so many options.

The outbreak, and our response, is simply too new. If you are in need of a brochure (or poster or radio spot or whole communication strategy) for Ebola – and you need it now…

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Web Seminar: "Screening fetal congenital syndrome in newborns - What to look for? How to do it?"

16 Mar 2017

The webinar was offered in Spanish and the recording of it can be found here.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017: 11h30 (El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua), 12h30 (Colombia, Ecuador), 13h30 (Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Paraguay, Washington DC), 14h30 (Uruguay, Brazil)

Zika virus infection during pregnancy can affect the fetus causing multiple problems which are summarized in the so-called congenital syndrome of newborns.

In this seminar, a global epidemiological overview and clinical practices for the detection and diagnosis of congenital syndrome Zika will be…

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What We Learned this Valentine’s Day

01 Mar 2017

This post originally appeared on the USAID ASSIST Project's website.

When you think of the Zika virus, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? Probably not a condom. Google searches about Zika spiked in 2016, but the related searches were mostly about symptoms. Out of the top 25 related searches, none of them included sexual transmission. Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared Zika to be a sexually transmitted disease. But did everyone get the memo?

This Valentine’s Day, the Knowledge for Health project (K4Health) and…

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Web seminar "The use of long-term reversible contraceptives for family planning in the context of the epidemic Zika"

31 Jan 2017

The webinar was offered in Spanish and the recording of it can be found here.

Tuesday, February 7 2017, 11:00 am (El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua), 12:00 (Colombia, Ecuador, Washington, DC), 13:00 (Bolivia, Dominican Republic) 14h00 Paraguay, Uruguay), 15h00 (Brazil)

The World Health Organization has declared the virus Zika is a global public health emergency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that the virus Zika can cause microcephaly and other brain defects in fetuses .

Family planning, access and quality of health services…

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Using and Adapting Resources from The Zika Communication Network

25 Jan 2017

Learning from the Ebola outbreak, the public health community galvanized in early 2016 to address and coordinate around Zika response efforts. Consistent and accurate communication is critical in the face of a health emergency – especially when there are unknowns and no readily available vaccine or cure. People need information: They need updates on the response, and perhaps more importantly, a set of actions they can take to protect themselves, their families, and communities.

The Zika Communication Network (ZCN) strives to do just this by connecting responders with state-of-the-…

Zika Prevention Kit. El Paso Times.

Pregnant During the Zika Outbreak: Lessons Learned For Future Prevention Efforts

02 Dec 2016

My pregnancy began in March 2016, just a month after the World Health Organization declared Zika an international public health emergency. Although I work in health care as a nurse, I have felt uncertain about the course of this epidemic. Clear information about Zika has been hard to come by as both a patient and a health care provider.

At a prenatal appointment in June, I expressed concern about Zika to my midwife and told her that even though I was following recommended preventative measures, with screened windows and access to bug spray, I was still getting bug bites every day.…