As part of USAID’s coordinated response to Zika, Breakthrough ACTION + RESEARCH reviewed evidence to determine the behaviors with the greatest potential to prevent Zika and Congenital Zika Syndrome and produced several tools for program implementers: a matrix of priority prevention behaviors, a technical specifications guide, and an online guide.

Breakthrough RESEARCH will conduct a survey of Zika knowledge, attitudes, and prevention practices in USAID intervention areas in four countries. This research will provide valuable insights about individuals’ exposure to and retention of health promotion messages, and the prevention behaviors they practice.

The project will also document lessons learned from planning and implementing social and behavior change programs, and from generating and using evidence for programmatic decision-making. The results will inform USAID, health ministries, and international technical agencies about how to apply the lessons to future responses to public health emergencies.