Risk communication

Risk communication for Zika virus disease

Mapping social science research for Zika virus response

WHO

Social science research is an essential part of effective risk communication and community engagement for responding effectively to the ongoing Zika outbreak, as it is the case for any epidemic or pandemic. This interactive map allows you to gain an overview of such research to input into the response.

Knowledge Attitudes and Practice (KAP) surveys and other social science research allows responders to rapidly obtain valuable and insightful information in order to tailor interventions to better address people's needs at community level, thereby contributing to the overall public health response to Zika virus and its potential complications.

Educational videos on risk communication and community engagement for Zika virus response

Zika virus infection is associated with serious complications such as microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome. Risk communication is one of the core pillars in the international response to Zika.

This mini-series is intended to be an educational resource for local, national or international personnel who work in Zika response. The 3 units introduce Zika virus disease; related risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) issues; and tips for running a RCCE response.

Posters: What you need to know about Zika

Aimed at health care workers, pregnant women and the general public, this set of three posters contains key messages that are specifically tailored for different target audiences. Read and follow the advice to protect yourself, your family and your fellow community members against Zika virus disease and its potential complications. They can be used as part of Zika risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) work.

Risk communication for Zika virus disease

WHO/U. Zhao

The current international response to Zika virus disease and its suspected complications prioritizes risk communication and community engagement as core public health response actions.

WHO is working with a wide range of partners to engage communities and effectively communicate the risks associated with Zika virus disease and promote protective behaviours, reduce anxiety, address stigma, dispel rumours and counter cultural misperceptions.


Risk communication resources

Risk communication in the context of Zika virus

WHO's interim guidance on Zika risk communication for health authorities, health communication managers, staff and volunteers aims to help shape strategies and approaches that address key concerns, encourage listening and better engage affected and concerned communities.

Risk communication and community engagement for Zika virus prevention and control

International partners - UNICEF, WHO and IFRC – have joined forces to develop a community level resource for engaging affected populations about Zika Virus Disease and its possible complications.

Zika virus infection: Step by step guide on risk communication and community engagement

This document offers suggested risk communication actions in relation to Zika virus and potential complications. It is directed toward ministers of health and other health sector actors for communication and social mobilization.


"Fight Zika": using animation to spread the word

WHO supports governments and response agencies to communicate the risk from the Zika virus disease and its suspected complications to their citizens and visitors. This video focuses on Aedes mosquito control.


Community engagement resources

Knowledge, Attitudes and Practice (KAP) surveys for Zika virus disease and potential complications

This is a resource for partners and Member States to rapidly obtain valuable and insightful information in order to tailor interventions to better address people's needs at community level, thereby contributing to the overall public health response to Zika virus and its potential complications.

Posters: What you need to know about Zika

Aimed at health care workers, pregnant women and the general public, this set of three posters contains key messages that are specifically tailored for different target audiences.

Radio spots to inform and get you ready against Zika

Prevention and protection against Zika and against the mosquito that carries it is everyone's concern. Therefore, 3 information and prevention radio spots were produced by WHO, UNESCO and IFRC in the four major languages of the region - English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

Response to Zika virus disease

WHO's Global Emergency Response Plan

WHO's new global prevention and control strategy will guide its international response to the spread of Zika virus infection. The strategic framework outlines how WHO and partners will work according to 3 areas of focus: surveillance, research and response.



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Designed to provide essential information on Zika virus disease and its suspected complications for the health care workers as well as the general public.

Contact information

For more information about risk communication, please email: riskcommunication@who.int

This page links all WHO information to its response on the Public Health Emergency of International Concern.