Borjas measures the size of the water tank/pillar to determine how much larvicide to use.

Zika Fighter: Lastenia Doris Borjas

14 Nov 2018

Tegucigalpa, Honduras: Lastenia Doris Borjas started working with the Zika AIRS Project (ZAP) in Honduras in 2017 as a Vector Control Technician and since has been promoted to Vector Control Supervisor. Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), ZAP helps countries to tackle Zika and other vector-borne diseases through vector control management and awareness raising. A graduate from the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH) with a Bachelor's in Journalism, Borjas recently talked about her experience with Zika and her role on the project.

ZAP's spray operators in Guatemala are using songs and dance to promote acceptance of IRS.

ZAP Uses Music to Move the Message

05 Nov 2018

The Zika Communication Network will be publishing a series of success stories from the Zika AIRS Project (ZAP). This is the fifth and final in the series.

Community Widely Accepts Household Spraying Thanks to Spray Operators' Enthusiasm and Messaging through Music

The United States Agency for International Development’s Zika AIRS Project (ZAP) is creating new ways to fight against the Zika virus. In Guatemala, ZAP conducts targeted indoor residual spraying (IRS) in homes to kill the mosquitoes that spread this dangerous disease. Until recently, communities were unfamiliar with IRS…

Mosquito emoji. Credit: Aphelandra Messer

How to Use the New Mosquito Emoji

01 Nov 2018

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

At last, a mosquito to ❤️.

Starting this week, the mosquito – the world’s deadliest animal – joins the ranks of the tears of joy emoji 😂, the kissing face emoji 😘 and the smiling poop emoji 💩 as one of 70 new emoji available on your iOS smartphone. It’s already available on Android. (Just download the latest operating system, which comes complete with a “bug” you’ll actually want).

At the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, we’re going to use the mosquito emoji…

ZAP entomology graduates.

ZAP Helps the Dominican Republic Outsmart Mosquitoes

29 Oct 2018

The Zika Communication Network will be publishing a series of success stories from the Zika AIRS Project (ZAP). This is the fourth in the series.

ZAP Builds Entomological Capacity to Reduce Spread of Zika Virus through Diploma Program

The Dominican Republic experiences a significant burden of vector-borne diseases, such as the Zika virus, dengue, and chikungunya. In 2017, there were only 10 entomologists in the country trained to study mosquito behavior and resistance trends. The Zika AIRS Project (ZAP), funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is…

U-Report survey responses to the question, "Why don't you use repellents?"

“It Smells Bad.” “I Don’t Have a Lid that Fits.” Reasons We Don’t Protect Ourselves from Mosquitos

23 Oct 2018

Use repellent. Empty and scrub clean containers filled with standing water. Securely cover containers that hold water. These are some of the behaviors we encourage people in communities with mosquitos to undertake—but do at-risk populations do them? And if not, why not?

The 20th of August was World Mosquito Day, so UNICEF joined forces with K4Health to run a series of activities to make sure the dangers of the mosquito remain in the public eye. As well as gearing up for the launch of the mosquito emoji, we wanted to use the opportunity to find out more about people’s habits and…

The QGIS map above shows infestation cases of Aedes aegypti in Choluteca in March 2018.

Mapping for Zika

22 Oct 2018

The Zika Communication Network will be publishing a series of success stories from the Zika AIRS Project (ZAP). This is the third in the series.

ZAP Uses Mapping Data to Target Interventions in Areas with High Rates of Zika Transmission

Public health officials have used maps to track pest and disease outbreaks for more than 150 years. Knowing when and where pests and diseases are concentrated allows for targeted interventions to reduce illnesses and the further spread of infection. The Zika AIRS Project (ZAP), funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID…

Artist Muller Joseph Herold encourages community members to clean up their environments to prevent mosquito breeding sites through his mural painting. Photo: Abt Associates.

The Art of Awareness

11 Oct 2018

The Zika Communication Network will be publishing a series of success stories from the Zika AIRS Project (ZAP). This is the second in the series.

ZAP Haiti Promotes Zika Prevention through Poetry and Painting

In 2016, the Zika virus broke out across Latin America and the Caribbean. Spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the Zika virus can result in serious illnesses, such as microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome. In Haiti, the Ministry of Public Health and Population reported 10 cases of microcephaly in the country’s Northern Department in 2016. In response to the public health…

ZAP Vector Control Supervisor Odeki Turner (center) in the field with fellow ZAP supervisors. Photo: Jhevaughn Murphy

ZAP: More than Mosquitoes

02 Oct 2018

The Zika Communication Network will be publishing a series of success stories from the Zika AIRS Project (ZAP). This is the first in the series.

ZAP Empowers Youth Through its Employment Opportunities

On the tropical island of Jamaica, mosquitoes are more than a nuisance. They carry diseases that can affect the health and economic well-being of the entire population. In October 2017, the USAID-funded Zika AIRS Project (ZAP) launched its Jamaica program in partnership with the Ministry of Health and the University of the West Indies to monitor and reduce mosquito populations across…

Stories From the Frontline: Fighting Zika

Stories From the Frontline: Fighting Zika

13 Aug 2018

Join the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and USAID for Stories From the Frontline: Fighting Zika. Hear scientists and public health workers share their experiences unraveling and stopping the 2015 Zika pandemic. You’ll hear from those on the frontline of virus response and prevention and have a chance to talk with them about the current status of Zika preparedness. Their stories of innovative strategies, cross-border collaborations, and cutting edge research—from tracing the virus to fighting mosquitoes and searching for a treatment—will reveal the importance of working…

The El Salvador team prepares for the third day field activity.

The Importance of Prioritizing and Being Specific in Key Community Messages/La importancia de ser específicos y prioritarios en los mensajes clave comunitarios

08 Aug 2018

In June and July, the Community Action on Zika (CAZ) project held a series of training of trainer (TOT) refresher workshops in four CAZ countries (Honduras, Dominican Republic, Colombia, El Salvador). The trainings were led by the CAZ project, with support in curriculum development and facilitation by Breakthrough ACTION. The workshops were aimed at project community technicians with the goal of updating knowledge around the key Zika behaviors, exchanging experiences and lessons learned, strengthening capacities, and providing tools that contribute to improving daily work.

The…