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.
Two knowledge cafes designed to facilitate small group discussion and learning, that focused on key audiences and contexts within the Zika response were also conducted. The first knowledge café discussed strategies to engage communities in urban, peri-urban and rural contexts. One common theme that emerged was the risk of violence in urban settings, which has posed challenges for several Zika partners. The second knowledge café focused on strategies to engage various populations including male partners, women of reproductive age, youth, community groups and community leaders. Common themes included tactics to engage male partners who may not believe they have a role in antenatal care or related issues, as well as strategies to reach adolescents who often have competing interests and short attention spans.