This online resource curates evidence-based tools and resources to help health and development professionals minimise the spread of Zika and related negative pregnancy outcomes. ZCN strives to support communities currently affected - and those that will soon be affected - by Zika by connecting responders with knowledge and tools they can readily use or adapt to their particular context and response plan. ZCN also strives to equip policymakers and other advocates with communication materials and policy and preparedness guidelines to curb the spread of Zika and promote prevention.
A collaborative effort of all implementing partners working on the Zika Response Initiative, ZCN includes social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) materials - e.g., counseling and training materials - as well as items related to vector control, delivery of maternal and child health and family planning services, and research and development. For example, one section of the site focuses on community engagement, described here as necessary to halt the spread of Zika. Examples of communication tools that are being used to empower communities now, such as the video below, are provided; they explore not only behaviours that an individual and household can adopt, but also social mobilisation at the community level to eliminate mosquito breeding.
Visitors can search ZCN's materials by resource type, topic, audience, language, country, or publication source, or browse Featured Resources. In addition to its collection of tools and resources, ZCN curates the latest news and updates related to the Zika response. ZCN users are encouraged to submit materials to the ZCN.
This website is made possible by the support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the Knowledge for Health II (K4Health) Project (AID-OAA-A-13-00068) and the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) Project (AID-OAA-A-12-00058). K4Health and HC3 are implemented by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP). The contents of this website are the sole responsibility of CCP. The information provided on this website is not official U.S. Government information and does not necessarily represent the views or positions of USAID, the United States Government, or The Johns Hopkins University.
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Slimline C4D Network Twitter Trawl: 27 June - 3 July 2016; ZCN website, July 7 2016; and email from Lisa Mwaikambo to The Communication Initiative on July 8 2016. Image credit: © Pan American Health Organization