WHAT WE DO
Community Action on Zika Project (CAZ) seeks to reduce Zika transmission and minimize the risk of Zika-related microcephaly and Congenital Zika Syndrome, among those populations in most vulnerable conditions. To meet this goal, we implement community-based prevention strategies in five countries in the region: Colombia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua.
More specifically, our interventions are focused on a social behavioral change approach, by promoting the adoption of healthy practices and enhancing communities’ capacity to respond to the virus in highly vulnerable communities with a special focus on pregnant women, women of reproductive age, and people living in extreme poverty.
According to this, our work follows three main objectives:
- Objective 1: Strengthen communities’ and individuals’ capacity to prevent Zika through community empowerment and mobilization related to vector control.
- Objective 2: Improve capacities of vulnerable populations across key behavior change elements as increase knowledge of the virus, promote community dialogue, demand for information and services, reduce stigma and discrimination or provide care and support for affected infants, and their families.
- Objective 3: Increase communities´ capacity to participate actively in community surveillance measures.