Community Engagement and Accountability (CEA) is a participation mechanism and a commitment to provide communities with timely, accurate and actionable information, in order to save and improve lives. It also looks to promote dialogue and twoway communication by constructing a trusting environment with and among communities.
See how we share key messages with communities in this video
“For the Mosquitoes, You Are the Main Attraction”; with this message the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent promoted a Zika Virus prevention campaign during the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
To prevent the spread of the Zika Virus, volunteers from the Brazilian Red Cross mobilized to distribute mosquito repellent, leaflets and condoms both to international travelers and local population with a special focus on pregnant women, the elderly and children.
The campaign reached over 1 MILLION people.
Watch a video summary of the campaign:
The main goal in vector control is to reduce the mosquito population, avoid breeding sites and prevent vector contact with humans. The area looks at both biological interventions and socio-cultural aspects related to vector control.
Here is what taking action against mosquitoes looks like in El Salvador
The Zika virus can severely affect communities in many ways. Individuals and families who face neurological complications associated with the virus may be vulnerable because of social stigma and discrimination, which leads to further anguish and isolation. Actions in Psychosocial Support (PSS) help alleviate these potential issues.
Learn this woman's story from Paraguay - her baby was born with Microcephaly as a result of the Zika virus
The Zika Operation, with support from the Reference Center for Institutional Disaster Preparedness (CREPD) and the Caribbean Disaster Risk Management Reference Centre (CADRIM), develops training tools to allow National Societies (NSs) and the IFRC to improve the quality of their actions with volunteers and communities.