Mosquito emoji. Credit: Aphelandra Messer

A Mosquito Emoji for Public Health Takes Flight

26 Mar 2018

This piece was originally published by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs.

The mosquito emoji is coming to your smartphone this summer.

The Unicode Consortium, the nonprofit governing body responsible for determining which emoji are added each year, announced in a blog post Wednesday, February 7, 2018 that it had approved 157 new characters for release in June 2018. The new emoji are expected to start showing up on mobile devices in August or September.

The mosquito emoji was proposed last year by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs…

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WEBINAR: Two years on: Implications of the Zika epidemic on the health of women and newborns in the Americas, current and future challenges (in Spanish)

15 Feb 2018

It has been more than two years since the Zika virus spread rapidly through the Americas, after its initial appearance in Brazil in May 2015, evolving from a public health emergency to a long-term challenge.

In these two years, the virus infected hundreds of thousands of people and caused a variety of birth defects in thousands of newborns, including brain abnormalities, eye abnormalities, hearing problems, irritability, seizures, feeding difficulties and others.

This seminar will discuss the impact of the virus and the current situation of the epidemic in Latin America and…

Using Digital Technology to Educate and Engage Youth in Fighting Zika

Webinar: Using Digital Technology to Educate and Engage Youth in Fighting Zika

21 Dec 2017

On Wednesday, December 13, 2017, UNICEF LACRO, International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) Western Hemisphere Region (WHR), and The Knowledge for Health (K4Health) project hosted the webinar, “Using Digital Technology to Educate and Engage Youth in Fighting Zika”.  It has been two years since the Zika epidemic broke out in Latin America, and yet key populations, including young people, still lack basic information which they need in order to protect themselves from the virus: both around mosquito prevention and their sexual and reproductive health and services available.

Danilo was born with Congenital Zika Syndrome, and has microcephaly that affects his long-term development. He lives with his parents and his three brothers Denis, Dorian and Diln in Guatemala City. (UNICEF/LACRO)

“Your baby is a badly-cooked potato”

04 Dec 2017

This post, also available in Spanish, was originally published by UNICEF.

Sometimes someone says something and it hits with such impact that hours, days, years later the phrase still swirls around in your head. “The doctors told us we shouldn’t get too attached to our baby. They said he was essentially a potato – a potato that had been badly cooked. Imagine a defect at the factory, your baby is a faulty product.”

I will forever have that phrase etched on my brain, and the mother’s look as she uttered it, cuddling little Danilo in one arm and holding hands with her husband…

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WEBINAR: Care and support for babies and families affected by Zika: The experience of Brazil (in Spanish)

30 Oct 2017

This webinar will discuss recommendations from public health governing institutions worldwide for managing the care and support of children affected by Zika. It will also present Brazil's experience in organizing an integrated model of care capable of providing accessible and high-quality services, in the public and non-governmental sectors.

Join us on Monday, November 6, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:30 EDT. Register today!

Seminario web: Bases para la atención y apoyo a bebés y familias afectadas por Zika, experiencia de Brasil

Lunes 6 de Noviembre 2017

12:00 EDT…

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Discussion: Caring for children with Zika congenital syndrome (in Spanish)

12 Sep 2017

This forum will address the care of children with Zika congenital syndrome, including the current situation of care for babies and the types of support (food, transportation, financial or otherwise) provided to mothers and families.

Join the forum September 11 - 25, 2017. To join the Zika community of practice and the forum, register at Materno Infantil.

Comunidad de Práctica de Zika

Resumen del Foro #11 (7 – 31 de agosto de 2017)

Tema: Mejora de los servicios de planificación familiar, en el contexto del Zika

En este foro se abordaron las…

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

25 Jul 2017

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…

A health worker instructs new mothers on how to prevent Zika in Port au Prince. / Danielle Sofia Randall-L’Estrange, Jhpiego

How USAID is fighting the spread of Zika in Haiti

22 Jun 2017

This post originally appeared on USAID's Medium blog by Chris Thomas, Senior Communication Advisor, USAID's Bureau of Global Health.

In our increasingly interconnected society, a health threat anywhere is a threat everywhere

Dozens of women with newborns fill benches under a canopy outside the community health center in the Delmas neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. A community health worker uses a bullhorn and an illustrated guide to educate mothers on actions to prevent mosquito bites and avoid potential sexual transmission of the Zika virus.…

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Webinar: Impact of Zika on Women and Children: Realities and Recommendations for Public Health Professionals and Clinicians

05 Jun 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017 -- 12:00-1:00pm EST

In this one hour webinar, the speakers will present current and emerging information about the Zika virus and its implications for practice in all maternal child health (MCH)-related fields. As Infectious Disease and Maternal and Fetal Medicine physicians (respectively) with expertise and experience in the spread of Zika, its prevention, and management, Drs. Hamer and Yarrington will: 

frame the topic for clinical and public health practitioners;  highlight key areas of current debate and practice;  present…
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Webinar: "Pyscho-emotional and pyscho-social support in the context of Zika" (in Spanish)

24 May 2017

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…