Lessons on the effects of the Zika outbreak on MCH services: Learning from the past to prepare for the future
The CIRCLE Project assessed the extent to which the Zika outbreak affected Maternal and Child Health (MCH) service delivery and the resilience of the health system in five affected countries: Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic. A mixed methods approach was used to better understand the resilience of each country’s health system to deliver MCH services in response to the outbreak. The case studies assessed aspects of resilience that need to be in place to allow health systems in both the public and private sectors, to adequately respond to emergencies while maintaining core MCH services. The lessons learned and recommendations from this learning assessment are a useful reference for governments, implementers, and donors to prepare for and respond to future health outbreaks.