Ametto Speid (right) with his mother and brother. All three suffered from chikungunya. “We learned a lot from them (ZAP technicians),” said Ametto. Since this program started, hardly anyone has been affected by disease carried by mosquitoes.” Photos by: Laura McCarty/Abt Associates

The Fruits of ZAP Jamaica

19 Feb 2019
ZAP Goes Beyond Mosquito Control, Building Community through Household Visits

This post was originally published by the Zika AIRS Project.

With lush green forest and crystal blue waters lapping white sand beaches, Jamaica seems like an easy place to live by reggae king Bob Marley’s lyrics “don’t worry about a thing.” But things aren’t always worry-free. In fact, when the mosquito-borne Zika virus broke out in 2016 not long after the chikungunya virus epidemic that sickened more than 70 percent of the tropical island’s population, people were absolutely worrying.


Understanding Perceptions and Practices Related to Zika Prevention

Webinar: Understanding Perceptions and Practices Related to Zika Prevention

14 Feb 2019

Since the onset of Zika in Latin America and the Caribbean, USAID and implementing partners have worked to protect families by reducing the risk of new Zika infections. In order to raise awareness about Zika and promote key Zika prevention behaviors, it is helpful for researchers, program managers, and other public health professionals to understand who is carrying out these key behaviors and how perceptions about the behaviors could affect their practice. In 2018, Breakthrough ACTION + RESEARCH conducted research on the key priority Zika prevention behaviors to provide insight into…

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A Teacher Champions Zika Prevention

13 Feb 2019

This post was originally published by PSI.

It was near the end of the school year and the halls of the Santa Ana Middle School and High School were uncharacteristically quiet. In the cool and dim library, only one student was reading in silence with his headphones over his ears. It was there where Dino Alfonzo greeted us, wearing a warm smile, a grey t-shirt and jeans.

The 47-year-old science and biology teacher is described as “the best teacher in school” by his students and was recently named a “Zika champion” by PSI’s network member, the Pan American Social Marketing…


Two years on, Danilo, the "badly cooked potato" baby, stands tall

05 Feb 2019

This post was originally published by UNICEF.

A baby born with microcephaly, caused by Congenital Zika Syndrome.

When a doctor tells you that you shouldn’t get too attached to your baby because he’s nothing more than a badly cooked potato, many people would crumble. But not the Perez family from Guatemala City. They’ve taken every ounce of negativity that that doctor uttered during Danilo’s diagnosis of Congenital Zika Syndrome, and turned it into a loving, caring, stimulating home where parents Sandra and Deyvi live with their four children Danilo, Dorien, Javi and Dennis.

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…