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.


Stronger Together: Engaging Communities in the Zika Response

Stronger Together: Engaging Communities in the Zika Response

05 Jul 2018

On April 24th, 2018, USAID and the Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project hosted a three-day share fair event in Antigua, Guatemala for USAID-funded community engagement partners in the Zika response in Latin America and the Caribbean. Over 70 people attended from over 10 countries in the region, representing Ministries of Health and 16 partner organizations. Scroll through the executive summary of the event to learn more about what was discussed and see photos from the event.

El 24 de abril de 2018, USAID y el Proyecto de Conocimiento para la Salud (K4Health)…


WEBINAR: Strengthening prenatal care to contribute to the prevention of Zika in Latin America (in Spanish)

28 Jun 2018

UPDATE: You may view the webinar online.

Due to the potential risks posed to a baby if exposed to Zika during pregnancy, prenatal care appointments offer an invaluable opportunity to talk to women about Zika and provide them with practical protection measures, like condoms, and information about Zika so that they will have the knowledge and resources to implement home and personal practices to prevent both vector and sexual transmission of the virus. However, making changes to way prenatal care is delivered poses challenges.

Join us on July 5th at noon EST (Washington, D.C…

Alice Payne Merritt, CCP’s deputy director, addresses the Mission Mosquito forum.

Using Communication to Zap Mosquito-Borne Diseases

07 Jun 2018

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

More than just a pest, mosquitoes are the world’s most dangerous animal.

Despite their diminutive size, mosquitoes spread deadly diseases that affect more than half of the world’s population and lead to billions of dollars in economic losses each year. From endemic malaria to outbreaks of yellow fever, chikungunya, dengue and Zika, mosquitoes require a global response. Health communication must be a part of that response.

To that end, nearly 100 international experts came…

IFRC Launches New Tool for Psychosocial Support in the Context of Zika

IFRC Launches New Tool for Psychosocial Support in the Context of Zika/Federación Internacional publica nueva herramienta en apoyo psicosocial en Zika

06 Jun 2018

IFRC Americas Regional Office announces the launch of a new tool for volunteers that implement activities of psychosocial support in communities affected by the Zika virus.

The guide “Guía de apoyo psicosocial en Zika para el voluntariado” (Volunteers’ guide for psychosocial support on Zika) and its toolkit “Caja de herramientas de apoyo psicosocial y Zika” (Toolkit for psychosocial support and Zika) provide element to analyse, plan and implement strategies and actions to protect and improve the mental health and psychosocial welfare of persons, families and communities affected by…