Webinar: "Pyscho-emotional and pyscho-social support in the context of Zika" (in Spanish)

By Dr. Jorge Hermida | USAID ASSIST Project/URC (Proyecto ASSIST para América Latina)
24 May 2017
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The webinar was offered in Spanish and the recording of it can be found here.

June 1, 2017 -- 12-1:30pm Quito / 1-2:30pm Washington, DC / 5-6:30pm GMT

In the context of the Zika epidemic, many women and their families feel great fear, uncertainty, and stress during pregnancy because of the worry that their baby could be born with microcephaly or suffer other consequences of the virus.

Health workers and systems are not always prepared to provide the information that mothers and families need to confront this situation, such as the necessary social and emotional support.

This Spanish-language webinar will discuss how to support pregnant women and their families in the face of an uncertain diagnosis, explore the patient-provider relationship, and outline the benefits of various types of social support. It is presented by an expert from the University of Florida who specialized in pyscho-emotional support and two implementation professionals, one from UNICEF and one from the USAID ASSIST Project, working to increase the availability and provision of pyscho-emotional and pyscho-social support for families affected by Zika in the Dominican Republic.


  • Dr. Zully Rivera-Ramos, University of Florida, USA
  • Mjrko Rennola, Emergency and public health consultant - Zika response, UNICEF
  • Dr. Gloria Ortega, Chief-of-Party, Dominican Republic, USAID ASSIST Project


  • Dr. Jorge Hermida, Latin America Regional Director, USAID ASSIST Project

To register for the webinar in SPANISH, click here.

It is recommended that you join the webinar 15 minutes before it begins.

The duration of this webinar will be 2 hours. 

For technical support, email: webmaster@maternoinfantil.org

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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