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Sophie Weiner

CCP | Communications Specialist

On June 11, 2019, USAID and K4Health are hosting the event “Learning from Zika: Lessons for future public health emergencies” at the District Architecture Center in Washington, D.C.

Learning from Zika: Lessons for future public health emergencies

The Zika outbreak in Latin America and the Caribbean was sudden, unexpected, and left a lasting public health impact that continues to affect communities. In April, country representatives from 18 partner organizations across 14 countries met to critically reflect on the most effective approaches from the USAID-funded Zika outbreak response from 2016-2019. The “Learning from Zika” event will build on these conversations and share broadly applicable effective approaches identified across a variety of topics, including recommendations and discussions for the applicability of these practices to future outbreak responses.

Discussions will focus on effective approaches in relation to community engagement strategies, effective coordination during an emergency response, impacts on services and health systems, support to affected families, and learning / adapting during a rapid response. Disease outbreaks are a worldwide concern and will continue to be a critical consideration in the future of public health. The USAID-funded Zika outbreak response offers a unique opportunity to explore experiences and knowledge gained.

This event is intended for senior professionals responsible for designing and implementing an outbreak response. The event will be in English.

Register for the event here by June 7, 2019.

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