USAID and the Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project hosted “Learning from Zika: Lessons for future public health emergencies” in Washington DC on June 11, 2019. Panelists shared effective practices and lessons learned from the USAID Zika response and discussed their applicability to future outbreak responses.
USAID implementing partners have implemented physical vector control activities in nearly 3,000 communities
2.5 million households have been inspected by trained vector control technicians
More than 330,000 individuals were directly reached with social and behavior change messages
Over 2,300 health care providers have been trained to provide psycho-emotional support to mothers and families affected by Zika
837 communities now have community action plans for preventing and controlling Zika
- Moderator: Anne Ballard Sara, Program Officer II, K4Health
- Erin Law, Global Zika Advisor, International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC)
- Dr. Ariel Habed, Project Director, Community Action on Zika (CAZ), Save the Children
- Paula Wood, Director, Zika AIRS Project (ZAP), Abt Associates
Panelists shared broadly applicable effective practices and lessons learned from the USAID-supported Zika response in relation to collaboration, knowledge management, capacity strengthening, and care improvement, coordination and integration.
Buzz station hosts from nine implementing partners shared effective approaches from the USAID Zika response that created “Buzz” within the Zika responder community.
- Selecting priority behaviors for impact, Breakthrough ACTION
- Maximizing home visits through interpersonal communication, Breakthrough ACTION
- Real time monitoring for behavioral surveillance, Breakthrough RESEARCH
- Prepping supply chains for emergencies, Chemonics
- Family planning to the rescue!, Maternal and Child Survival Program
- Triangulating mosquito and human case data, MCDI
- Stronger together: Connecting people & information, K4Health
- Gender integration in health systems strengthening, WI-HER
- Mapping & adapting a regional SBCC campaign, PSI/PASMO
- Empowering women and youth as vector control agents, ZAP
Social and behavior change is critical from the start
Quickly develop key messages, identify key tools and go!
Leverage working groups to coordinate/collaborate and adapt as you go
Work within existing systems
Don’t forget the families behind the numbers. It’s not a “case of microcephaly”, it’s a child. It’s an affected family.
Provide clear, endorsed risk messages and tools for providers
Panelists shared how responders put families at the center by improving quality of health care services and support, not only for patients affected by the Zika virus, but also for those requiring care for other neurodevelopmental disorders.
- Moderator: Dr. Julie Gerdes, Zika Technical Advisor, USAID
- Graciela Avila, Chief of Party, Paraguay, ASSIST Project
- Garren Lumpkin, Regional Consultant for Latin America and the Caribbean, UNICEF
- Dr. Lisa Noguchi, Zika Response Team Lead, MCSP