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The recent emergence and rapid spread of the Zika virus presents a grave, new challenge for health systems and practitioners across the Zika-affected regions, as they work to address the unique health needs and concerns of individuals and families affected by the epidemic.

Common symptoms of Zika for an otherwise healthy adult include mild fever, skin rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise or headache, lasting up to a week. However, most concerning for health workers is that Zika is passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus during pregnancy. While the symptoms for an adult are mild, Zika infection during pregnancy can have grave consequences for the growing fetus.

Zika infection during pregnancy has been linked to an increase in birth defects across the Zika-affected regions, particularly a serious birth defect called microcephaly, which results in unusually small heads and brain damage in newborns. ASSIST is working to improve the capacity of Zika-related health services to deliver consistent, evidence-based, respectful, high-quality care—with a focus on pregnant women, newborns, and women of reproductive age.

To learn more about our work improving care in Zika, read this overview and explore our Zika resources and publications below. The information provided on this web portal is not official U. Skip to main content. Search form Search. Home Topics Zika. Resource June 4, Peru Zika Clinical Study Report.

Resource June 3, Project ECHO is a hub and spoke knowledge sharing programme that connects non-specialists with expert clinicians to enhance the quality of healthcare provided in low-resource settings. Resource May 29, Integrating Gender Considerations in the Zika Response. This included conducting gender assessments, gender integration Resource May 28, After initial detection in Brazil in May , the recent emergence of Zika virus rapidly swept across the Americas, with cases notified in Ecuador in early Resource May 22, This document serves as a job aid to provide guidance on gender integration in the context of the Zika epidemic.

The purpose of this country case study was to gain an operational understanding of quality improvement QI interventions implemented in the context of the Zika outbreak and their role in improving preparedness and response capacities of Resource May 21, Resource May 14, Newborn Care Collaborative Report.

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