Healthy Mother Kits Help Protect Expectant Moms from Zika in Honduras
PSI’s partner in Latin America, the Pan American Social Marketing Association (PASMO), recently delivered 7,812 Zika prevention kits to the Honduran Secretariat of Health (SESAL) to help pregnant women protect themselves from the Zika virus.
The kits, part of PASMO´s “Mamá Segura” regional Zika campaign, contain educational material, insect repellent and latex condoms to help prevent Zika transmission among pregnant women, women of reproductive age and their partners. The kits were made possible through a partnership between PSI and its corporate partners SC Johnson, Pfizer, and Procter & Gamble.
PASMO’s Zika Prevention Project aims to prevent pregnant women from catching Zika and transmitting it to their fetus during pregnancy. Because Zika can be spread through mosquito bites and sex, the kits respond to both threats by providing women with free samples of effective protective measures.
While Zika-fighting efforts in many affected communities focus mainly on repelling mosquitos, PASMO´s project is ensuring that sexual and reproductive health services are part of the response. These include access to voluntary family planning methods to delay pregnancy and using condoms to prevent sexual transmission of the virus.
The project supports Zika prevention efforts in two major ways:
- Carrying out mass media campaigns- including the safe pregnancy kits- in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic to teach people about how to reduce their exposure to Zika, including promoting healthy sexual and reproductive health practices;
- Working work with private sector health service providers, including pharmacies, to improve their knowledge about Zika and effectively counsel clients about steps they can take to prevent Zika infection.
Honduras´s Minister of Health, Dr. Edna Yolani Batres, presided over the event and accepted the donation on behalf of SESAL. During the ceremony, PASMO and SESAL signed a letter of commitment and collaboration to combat the Zika crisis in areas of Honduras that report the highest number of Zika cases among pregnant women and the general population.
PASMO is holding similar events in Guatemala, El Salvador, Panama and the Dominican Republic, with the goal of delivering approximately 44,000 kits.
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