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Discussion: Caring for children with Zika congenital syndrome (in Spanish)

12 Sep 2017

This forum will address the care of children with Zika congenital syndrome, including the current situation of care for babies and the types of support (food, transportation, financial or otherwise) provided to mothers and families.

Join the forum September 11 - 25, 2017. To join the Zika community of practice and the forum, register at Materno Infantil.

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Resumen del Foro #11 (7 – 31 de agosto de 2017)

Tema: Mejora de los servicios de planificación familiar, en el contexto del Zika

En este foro se abordaron las…

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Webinar: "Contraceptive services in the context of Zika in Latin America to live up to the challenge?"

25 Jul 2017

This webinar is only offered in SPANISH / ESPAÑOL.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017: 11h00 (El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua), 12h00 (Colombia, Ecuador), 13h00 (Bolivia, República Dominicana, Paraguay, Washington D.C.), 14h00 (Uruguay, Brasil)

This webinar will discuss the challenges and achievements of public health services in the Latin American and Caribbean Region on contraception, with an emphasis on demand in the context of the Zika epidemic, and the responses of countries and the international community.  An overview of the current…

A health worker instructs new mothers on how to prevent Zika in Port au Prince. / Danielle Sofia Randall-L’Estrange, Jhpiego

How USAID is fighting the spread of Zika in Haiti

22 Jun 2017

This post originally appeared on USAID's Medium blog by Chris Thomas, Senior Communication Advisor, USAID's Bureau of Global Health.

In our increasingly interconnected society, a health threat anywhere is a threat everywhere

Dozens of women with newborns fill benches under a canopy outside the community health center in the Delmas neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. A community health worker uses a bullhorn and an illustrated guide to educate mothers on actions to prevent mosquito bites and avoid potential sexual transmission of the Zika virus.…

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Webinar: Impact of Zika on Women and Children: Realities and Recommendations for Public Health Professionals and Clinicians

05 Jun 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017 -- 12:00-1:00pm EST

In this one hour webinar, the speakers will present current and emerging information about the Zika virus and its implications for practice in all maternal child health (MCH)-related fields. As Infectious Disease and Maternal and Fetal Medicine physicians (respectively) with expertise and experience in the spread of Zika, its prevention, and management, Drs. Hamer and Yarrington will: 

frame the topic for clinical and public health practitioners;  highlight key areas of current debate and practice;  present…
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Webinar: "Pyscho-emotional and pyscho-social support in the context of Zika" (in Spanish)

24 May 2017

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

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…

Zika affected map. From CDC's website.

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…