Strengthening research in an epidemic: Zika in Latin America

  • Strengthening research in an epidemic: Zika in Latin America

Strengthening research in an epidemic: Zika in Latin America

24 Jan 2020

 Washington DC, 24 January 2020 - This supplement presents evidence from research teams in Brazil, Colombia and Peru, supported through the HRP/TDR/PAHO Joint Small Grants Program and with technical support by PAHO throughout the implementation of these projects. The results of these studies highlight the valuable contribution of research conducted inside an emerging epidemic.

New evidence published by recipients of a Joint Small Grants Programme funded by HRP* and TDR**, with support from WHO’s Regional Office for the Americas (PAHO), highlights the valuable contribution of research conducted inside an emerging epidemic. It also emphasizes the critical importance of strengthening community-based research capacity in preparation for future health issues and emergencies.

A joint approach across WHO

Building opportunities during the Zika epidemic in the Americas: The case for strengthening research capacity,’ presents evidence from research teams in Brazil, Colombia and Peru, supported through an HRP/TDR/PAHO Joint Small Grants Programme.

Zika was declared an international public health emergency in 2016, following reports from Brazil of pregnancy complications and other fetal malformations linked to the virus.