WEBINAR: Strengthening prenatal care to contribute to the prevention of Zika in Latin America (in Spanish)

By Dr. Jorge Hermida | USAID ASSIST Project/URC (Proyecto ASSIST para América Latina)
28 Jun 2018

UPDATE: You may view the webinar online.

Due to the potential risks posed to a baby if exposed to Zika during pregnancy, prenatal care appointments offer an invaluable opportunity to talk to women about Zika and provide them with practical protection measures, like condoms, and information about Zika so that they will have the knowledge and resources to implement home and personal practices to prevent both vector and sexual transmission of the virus. However, making changes to way prenatal care is delivered poses challenges.

Join us on July 5th at noon EST (Washington, D.C.) for a discussion of some of the key lessons from the work of the USAID ASSIST Project in improving prenatal care to address the risk of Zika. Dr. Jorge Hermida, ASSIST Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, will present general lessons from the work being implemented by USAID, other international organizations, governments and health facilities across the region. Dr. Robert Aldana, Chief of Party for ASSIST/Guatemala, will discuss efforts to institutionalize Zika care within prenatal care and Dr. Norma Aly, Chief of Party for ASSIST/Honduras, will discuss the experience of Honduras involving male partners and other men in Zika prevention, in particular prevention of sexual transmission during pregnancy.


  • Dr. Jorge Hermida, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, USAID ASSIST Project/URC
    • Challenges and advances to improve prenatal care in Latin American countries in the context of the Zika epidemic
  • Dr. Roberto Aldana, Chief of Party, Guatemala, USAID ASSIST Project/URC
    • What have we learned when introducing and institutionalizing Zika counseling in prenatal care services in Guatemala?
  • Dr. Norma Aly, Chief of Party, Honduras, USAID ASSIST Project/URC
    • How are men involved in preventing the sexual transmission of Zika? Lessons from the experience of Honduras


  • Lani Márquez, Director of Knowledge Management, USAID ASSIST Project/URC


  • Thursday, July 5th, 2018


  • 10 a.m. El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua
  • 11 a.m. Colombia, Ecuador, Peru
  • 12 noon Bolivia, Paraguay, Dominican Republic, Washington D.C.
  • 1 p.m. Brazil


  • 1 hour

Register here (password: seminario). We recommend joining the webinar 15 minutes prior to the start time.

Technical support: webmaster@maternoinfantil.org

WEBINAR: Strengthening prenatal care to contribute to the prevention of Zika in Latin America (in Spanish)

Seminario web: Fortaleciendo la atención prenatal para contribuir a la prevención del Zika en América Latina

La atención prenatal tradicionalmente ha centrado su accionar en aspectos obstétricos y de control del embarazo y el feto. La epidemia del Zika en América Latina evidenció que la atención prenatal representa una oportunidad invaluable para que las embarazadas obtengan conocimientos y actitudes que les permitan implementar prácticas en el hogar y personales para prevenir la transmisión vectorial y sexual del virus, incluyendo la consejería y la entrega de condones. Sin embargo, cambiar la atención prenatal tradicional a otra mejorada que sea un arma eficaz contra el Zika, encierra grandes retos.

Desde el año 2016, el Proyecto Aplicando la Ciencia para Fortalecer y Mejorar los Sistemas de Salud (ASSIST) de USAID, como parte de la respuesta de USAID, los gobiernos y la comunidad internacional para responder a la epidemia del virus del Zika en Latinoamérica y el Caribe, junto con cientos de unidades de salud en seis países en la región ha logrado importantes avances y aprendizajes.


  • Dr. Jorge Hermida, Director Regional para América Latina y El Caribe del Proyecto ASSIST de USAID
    • Retos y avances para mejorar la atención prenatal en países de América Latina en el contexto de la epidemia del Zika
  • Dr. Roberto Aldana, Jefe del Proyecto ASSIST en Guatemala
    • ¿Qué hemos aprendido al introducir e institucionalizar la consejería Zika en los servicios de atención prenatal en Guatemala?
  • Dra. Norma Aly, Jefa del Proyecto ASSIST en Honduras
    • ¿Cómo se involucra a los hombres para prevenir la transmisión sexual del Zika? La experiencia de Honduras y sus aprendizajes


  • Lic. Lani Márquez. Directora de Gestión del Conocimiento. Proyecto ASSIST


  • Jueves 5 de julio 2018


  • 11 h00 El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua
  • 12 h00 Colombia, Ecuador, Perú
  • 13 h00 Bolivia, Paraguay, República Dominicana, Washington D.C
  • 14 h00 Brasil


  • 1 hora

Para registrarse en el seminario, haga clic aquí (contraseña: seminario). Se recomienda entrar al seminario 15 minutos antes de iniciar la sesión

Soporte técnico: 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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