ASSIST Zika

WEBINAR: Common ophthalmological findings in children with congenital syndrome associated with Zika: clinical and functional diagnosis and development milestones (in Spanish)

21 May 2018

Infants and children with congenital syndrome associated with Zika virus (CSaZ) often face a host of neurological, motor and learning problems along with hearing and vision problems, with serious eye damage. The Zika virus can cause irreversible injury in the ocular retina, affecting the macula and the optic nerve and causing severe visual impairment in babies born with microcephaly, as revealed by studies conducted by the Altino Ventura Foundation (FAV), in Pernambuco, Brazil, in association with the Federal University of São Paulo (Unifesp).

Pernambuco, in the north of Brazil,…

Share Fair participants. Photo: Priya Parikh

Zika Community Engagement Share Fair Event in Guatemala Fosters Learning and Collaboration

16 May 2018

On April 24, 2018, USAID and the Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project hosted a three-day share fair in Antigua, Guatemala for community engagement partners. A share fair is a participatory event—usually focused on a single topic—that promotes learning from participants' experiences to improve their work. The focus of the event was for community engagement partners to learn from one another; share knowledge, tools, and resources; brainstorm solutions to common challenges; forge connections to strengthen the USAID Zika response; and identify specific opportunities to strengthen country…

Mission Mosquito

Mission Mosquito: A Global Health Security and Public Communication Forum on Innovation in Partnerships and International Public Engagement Strategies for Zika and other Mosquito-borne Infectious Disease Prevention

02 May 2018

On May 17, 2018, the U.S. Department of State, with implementing partner Battelle, will host Mission Mosquito, a Global Health Security and International Public Communication Forum in Washington D.C.

Mosquitoes spread more disease to humans than any other animal. The Mission Mosquito Forum looks to encourage innovation in public engagement strategies to spur action to combat Zika and other mosquito and vector-borne infectious disease.

The forum will bring together a broad range of international experts and communicators including public health officials from Zika-impacted…

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The Continuum of Care for Zika

18 Apr 2018

This blog post was originally published by ASSIST.

In 2016, scientists confirmed the link between Zika infection during pregnancy and severe birth complications, most notably microcephaly. Thankfully, cases of Zika infection in Latin America and the Caribbean dropped dramatically in 2017; however, Zika is unlikely to ever disappear completely from the region.

A key challenge is the provision of high-quality, patient-centered care and support – medical, psycho-emotional, and social – for children and families affected by Zika, a challenge that continues to evolve as the…

Mosquito emoji. Credit: Aphelandra Messer

A Mosquito Emoji for Public Health Takes Flight

26 Mar 2018

This piece was originally published by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs.

The mosquito emoji is coming to your smartphone this summer.

The Unicode Consortium, the nonprofit governing body responsible for determining which emoji are added each year, announced in a blog post Wednesday, February 7, 2018 that it had approved 157 new characters for release in June 2018. The new emoji are expected to start showing up on mobile devices in August or September.

The mosquito emoji was proposed last year by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs…

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WEBINAR: Two years on: Implications of the Zika epidemic on the health of women and newborns in the Americas, current and future challenges (in Spanish)

15 Feb 2018

It has been more than two years since the Zika virus spread rapidly through the Americas, after its initial appearance in Brazil in May 2015, evolving from a public health emergency to a long-term challenge.

In these two years, the virus infected hundreds of thousands of people and caused a variety of birth defects in thousands of newborns, including brain abnormalities, eye abnormalities, hearing problems, irritability, seizures, feeding difficulties and others.

This seminar will discuss the impact of the virus and the current situation of the epidemic in Latin America and…

Using Digital Technology to Educate and Engage Youth in Fighting Zika

Webinar: Using Digital Technology to Educate and Engage Youth in Fighting Zika

21 Dec 2017

On Wednesday, December 13, 2017, UNICEF LACRO, International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) Western Hemisphere Region (WHR), and The Knowledge for Health (K4Health) project hosted the webinar, “Using Digital Technology to Educate and Engage Youth in Fighting Zika”.  It has been two years since the Zika epidemic broke out in Latin America, and yet key populations, including young people, still lack basic information which they need in order to protect themselves from the virus: both around mosquito prevention and their sexual and reproductive health and services available.

Danilo was born with Congenital Zika Syndrome, and has microcephaly that affects his long-term development. He lives with his parents and his three brothers Denis, Dorian and Diln in Guatemala City. (UNICEF/LACRO)

“Your baby is a badly-cooked potato”

04 Dec 2017

This post, also available in Spanish, was originally published by UNICEF.

Sometimes someone says something and it hits with such impact that hours, days, years later the phrase still swirls around in your head. “The doctors told us we shouldn’t get too attached to our baby. They said he was essentially a potato – a potato that had been badly cooked. Imagine a defect at the factory, your baby is a faulty product.”

I will forever have that phrase etched on my brain, and the mother’s look as she uttered it, cuddling little Danilo in one arm and holding hands with her husband…

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WEBINAR: Care and support for babies and families affected by Zika: The experience of Brazil (in Spanish)

30 Oct 2017

This webinar will discuss recommendations from public health governing institutions worldwide for managing the care and support of children affected by Zika. It will also present Brazil's experience in organizing an integrated model of care capable of providing accessible and high-quality services, in the public and non-governmental sectors.

Join us on Monday, November 6, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:30 EDT. Register today!

Seminario web: Bases para la atención y apoyo a bebés y familias afectadas por Zika, experiencia de Brasil

Lunes 6 de Noviembre 2017

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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.

Comunidad de Práctica de Zika

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…