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The Zika AIRS Project (ZAP)


The Challenge
mosquito control
Oscar Orlando Urrutia, ZAP Honduras vector control manager, gathers mosquito larvae and pupae samples in Nueva Esperanza, Danli, Honduras. Urrutia carried those samples back in the soda bottle for further study.
Photo credit: Ashley Thomas, Abt Associates

Under the ZAP initiative funded by USAID, Abt Associates is working to prevent Zika outbreaks by implementing, monitoring, and evaluating mosquito-control activities in Latin America and the Caribbean.

As evidence emerges on the severe health impact of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, the Abt Associates-led President’s Malaria Initiative Africa Indoor Residual Spraying (PMI AIRS) Project expanded its scope beyond Africa to support USAID Missions and Bureaus in Latin America and the Caribbean. PMI AIRS also conducts indoor residual spraying and malaria entomological monitoring in 17 countries in Africa.

The Abt-led initiative, known as Zika AIRS Project (ZAP), is funded by USAID and will enhance the agency’s ability to implement vector control and entomological monitoring programs in the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, and Honduras. Abt is planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating vector control activities intended to prevent Zika transmission.

ZAP may also provide technical assistance to other Latin American and Caribbean countries.

“In Latin America and the Caribbean, we will build local governments’ capacity to plan and implement vector control activities and conduct entomological monitoring to reduce the spread of the Zika virus,” said Brad Lucas, vice president at Abt and project director of the PMI AIRS Project.

Focus Areas
Regions
Latin America & the Caribbean