A new external evaluation of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) response to a 2015 Zika outbreak in Latin American and the Caribbean praises the role played by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) in sharing timely, accessible information on the disease and the progress being made to counter it. CCP is based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
The public-facing Zika Communication Network and a private Zika partners website, utilized for knowledge sharing by governments and partners involved in the response, were both created by CCP’s Knowledge for Health (K4Health) project, funded by USAID.
The networks were designed to connect responders with state-of-the-art knowledge and tools created by partner organizations that users could readily use or adapt to their particular context and response plan. They have been used to empower communities to tackle the Zika epidemic, provide health care workers with quality counseling and training materials and equip policymakers and other advocates with communication materials and policy and preparedness guidelines to curb the spread of Zika and promote prevention.
USAID’s Zika work in Latin America and the Caribbean ends in September. The Zika Communication Network will continue to be maintained by Knowledge SUCCESS, a new knowledge management project led by CCP. No new content, however, will be uploaded.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on August 23