Throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, where infection rates have been highest, Americares continues working to ensure hospitals and clinics have the medicine, supplies and support for prevention programs to address this health crisis and provide the best possible care. Since prevention is the key to controlling Zika, protection kits with repellent, bed nets and educational materials have been distributed to families and pregnant women in El Salvador
The Americares Family Clinic in El Salvador
, began tracking suspected Zika infections in early December 2015 in coordination with the Ministry of Health. Since that time, the clinic has developed and strengthened Zika prevention and intervention programs supporting control efforts by providing family protection kits and educational and training materials for target groups in the community at high risk of Zika, including pregnant women, women of childbearing age and mothers who have had Zika symptoms during pregnancy. In partnership with Maternova
, Americares has also piloted a personal protective apparel line for women and girls in El Salvador
to help prevent the spread of Zika and other vector-borne diseases. The Clinic is assessing the compliance of personal protective apparel and providing feedback on future design.