Behavioral changes are gradual and involved

تم النشر: 4 يناير 2017 15:38 CET

“I think that behavioral changes are gradual and only occur when the local population is involved starting from the design phase. The secret for success is continuity, only then can you see change in the medium and long term.” – says Maria José Pereira, who prefers to be referred to as Zeze (on the right).


Zeze has been working in public health and epidemiological surveillance for more than 30 years. Over the last 5 years she has been volunteering with the Rio de Janeiro Red Cross branch and sharing her knowledge with vulnerable communities. Once the Zika Operation started in Brazil in February 2016, she saw the perfect opportunity to collaborate in areas like epidemiological data analysis, monitoring and evaluation, liaising with the Ministry of Health and building awareness about Zika in communities.


Through her extensive experience, Zeze has supported the Red Cross in developing indicators for monitoring and evaluation of the interventions in Brazil. But for her, volunteering isn’t just about sharing her knowledge, it’s also about learning:  “Volunteering with the Red Cross and the communities is a constant source of learning. It’s also extremely valuable to be able to learn about the experiences from other volunteers throughout Brazil.”