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Community Action on Zika Project Conducts a Baseline on Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices around Zika

Published: 30 June 2017 1:13 CET

San Pedro Sula, Honduras. The Honduras Red Cross (HRC), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), in partnership with Save the Children, and thanks to the generous support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), are currently conducting a Knowledge Attitudes and Practices (KAP) baseline for the Community Action on Zika (CAZ) Project.

 

On June 5-7, 2017, HRC and IFRC trained 12 volunteers in data collection through Open Data Kit (ODK) Collect, following the Lot Quality Assurance Sampling (LQAS) methodology.

 

In follow-up, the volunteers and Red Cross technical staff conducted a pilot surveys at field level to later adapt the questionnaire and tools to the local context. In Honduras, the Red also works along with expert cartographers, who ensure that the randomly selected residences are correctly identified during the survey and train volunteers in map identification. 

 

“When we conducted the surveys in the communities, there were happy, sad, difficult and lovely moments. We talked to a lot of families and realized that many people did not know what Zika is, how it’s transmitted, or how to prevent mosquito breeding sites. I think that even this baseline exercise created awareness in the community. And as the CAZ project, we now have the information we need to implement the right activities for families here in Honduras.” – said Jose Antonio Villeda Guzman, Honduran Red Cross Volunteer and Municipal Youth Director in Portrerillos.

 

It is essential to understand the initial situation in each community when it comes to the Zika virus and the baseline surveys allow the IFRC and its partners to do just that. They also ensure a better understanding of how community members perceive risks, what methods of protection they are using and how much they participate within the community to respond to the virus.

 

The results of this activity will allow National Societies to adapt and improve their community interventions in terms of effectiveness and context, based on the needs and gaps identified in each community.

 

The baseline process is taking place simultaneously in 5 countries – Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua. The KAP baseline research is conducted within the framework of the CAZ project. This activity has been possible thanks to the support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development, and was carried out in partnership with Save the Children.

 

For more information, visit: http://portafolio.cruzroja-zika.org, or contact:

In Honduras:

Joel Duron, Health Director, Honduras Red Cross

joel.duron@cruzroja.org.hn

 

In Colombia:

Sergio Ferrero Febrel, Zika Operation Manager, IFRC
sergio.ferrero@ifrc.org




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