Learning from Zika: Lessons for future public health emergencies

21 May 2019

USAID and the Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project invite you to “Learning from Zika: Lessons for future public health emergencies” in Washington DC on June 11, 2019.

The Zika outbreak in Latin America and the Caribbean was sudden, unexpected, and left a lasting public health impact that continues to affect communities. In April, country representatives from 18 partner organizations across 14 countries met to critically reflect on the most effective approaches from the USAID-funded Zika outbreak response from 2016-2019. The “Learning from Zika” event will build on these…

CCP interviewed Jamaicans to help develop tailored interventions designed to prevent mosquito-borne illnesses.

Taking Aim at Zika (and Other Mosquito-Borne Illnesses)

16 May 2019

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

When the Zika outbreak was in full swing in 2015 and 2016, a panic set in. Zika, which had been virtually unknown before, was being linked to birth defects in babies born to mothers who were infected by mosquitoes carrying the virus. Organizations around the world, including the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, set out to develop ways to prevent its spread and keep people – especially pregnant women – safe from Zika.

It’s a different climate now but over the past six…

ZAP Vector Control and Environmental Compliance Manager Kerri-Ann Guyah readies her team for daily operations.

Zika Fighter: Kerri-Ann Guyah

04 Mar 2019

This post was originally published by the Zika AIRS Project.

Kingston, Jamaica: A graduate from the University of West Indies with a Bachelor of Science in Experimental Biology and a Master of Science in Forensic Science, Kerri-Ann Guyah has built her career in environmental health and safety. As ZAP Jamaica’s Vector Control and Environmental Compliance Manager for the Zika AIRS Project (ZAP), Guyah recently talked about her experience with Zika and her role on the project. Funded by the United States Agency for International Development, ZAP helps countries to tackle Zika and…

At 19 years old, ZAP Vector Control Supervisor Ajae Wilson is gaining people management skills and supervisor experience through his job, increasing his income opportunities for the future. Photo by: Laura McCarty/Abt Associates

Skills for Success

25 Feb 2019
ZAP Jamaica Provides Youth Income Opportunities, Job Skills

This post was originally published by the Zika AIRS Project.

Finding a job in Jamaica is not easy. For someone under the age of 25 with minimal skills, the task can be daunting. In fact, the Caribbean has one of the world’s highest rates of unemployment among youth age 15-24, with Jamaica at 22.2 percent in July 2018, according to the Statistical Institute of Jamaica. So when Ajae Wilson landed a job with the United States Agency for International Development’s Zika AIRS Project (ZAP) in 2018 as a Vector Control…

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.

Ametto…

Understanding Perceptions and Practices Related to Zika Prevention

Webinar: Understanding Perceptions and Practices Related to Zika Prevention

14 Feb 2019

UPDATE: If you missed the webinar or would like to watch it again, you can now view the recording and download the slides.

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…

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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…

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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…