Webinar: "Contraceptive services in the context of Zika in Latin America to live up to the challenge?"

By Dr. Jorge Hermida | USAID ASSIST Project/URC (Proyecto ASSIST para América Latina)
25 Jul 2017
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This webinar is only offered in SPANISH / ESPAÑOL.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017: 11h00 (El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua), 12h00 (Colombia, Ecuador), 13h00 (Bolivia, República Dominicana, Paraguay, Washington D.C.), 14h00 (Uruguay, Brasil)

This webinar will discuss the challenges and achievements of public health services in the Latin American and Caribbean Region on contraception, with an emphasis on demand in the context of the Zika epidemic, and the responses of countries and the international community.  An overview of the current contraceptive situation in the Region, the existing gaps and difficulties that the Zika epidemic has shown, and some recommendations will be provided. The experiences of Colombia and the Dominican Republic will be presented in relation to this topic.


  • Dr. Pío Ivan Gómez, Senior Medical Advisor, IPPF / WHR. Colombian expert in Sexual and Reproductive Health. Topic: "The current situation of contraception in the Latin American and Caribbean Region".
  • Dr. Kissayris Martinez Fajardo, Project Coordinator "Ensuring Access to Family Planning in Response to Zika" (SIFPO2-ZIKA), PROFAMILIA Dominican Republic. Topic: "National contraception insurance during the Zika times, government position".
  • Dr. Jonathan Vargas, North Regional Manager, PROFAMILIA Colombia. Topic: "The Colombian health system, barriers to contraception in Zika's time"


  • Denitza Andjelic, MPA, Senior Program Officer at the Western Hemisphere Regional Office of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF).

Host Web Seminar:

  • Dr. Jorge Hermida, Regional Director of the USAID / ASSIST Project for Latin America

To register for the seminar click here.

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It is recommended to enter the seminar 15 minutes before starting the session.

The duration of the webinar is 1 hour and 30 minutes.

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Dr. Jorge Hermida
Dr. Jorge Hermida
USAID ASSIST Project/URC (Proyecto ASSIST para América Latina)

Dr. Jorge Hermida is a Medical Doctor with postgraduate studies in Public Health and International Health who serves as the Director for University Research Corporation’s programs in Latin America: Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, Ecuador and Bolivia. He provides technical direction to country programs’ activities, supports country teams, coordinates with national governments and international agencies. He has worked for the Panamerican Health Organization (PAHO) and for the Central American Institute for Health and Nutrition Research in Guatemala. He has also been a consultant to UNICEF, PAHO, WHO, the World Bank. He currently concentrates his work on spreading and institutionalizing QI programs in developing countries, mainly in the areas of maternal and child health and infectious diseases, as well as in the application of QI in the context of health sector reforms.

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