Zika Curriculum

Birth Defects Online Module

Note: Lessons are currently available in English but will eventually be available in Spanish as well. If you have any questions about these materials, please contact Dr. Mariana Mansur, TEPHINET Project Manager, at mmansur@tephinet.org.

Unit 1: Introduction to Birth Defects

This lesson will discuss some of the major birth defects epidemics and their outcomes in public health. This lesson should take approximately 25 minutes.

After this lesson, you will be able to:

  1. Define birth defects and recognize some factors that can cause them.
  2. Recall some important birth defects epidemics and some conditions.
  3. Realize some outcomes and the impact of birth defects in public health.

This lesson will provide an overview of the Zika virus outbreak and will introduce you to birth defects surveillance. This lesson should take approximately 20 minutes.

After this lesson, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the recent Zika epidemic and its role in birth defects.
  2. Recognize the importance of a standardized case definition.
  3. Describe the main goals of a surveillance program and the importance of standardized notification processes.
  4. List the factors that strengthen a surveillance system.

This lesson will discuss Zika virus response planning. This lesson should take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

After this lesson, you will be able to:

  1. Identify a response strategy for a Zika outbreak.
  2. Recognize your responsibilities as a healthcare provider and take action from your workplace.

Unit 2: Lessons Learned from the Zika Outbreak 2015-2016

This lesson will provide a basic overview of Zika virus disease and what you can share with the community. This lesson should take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

After this lesson, you will be able to:

  1. Describe Zika virus disease to your community.
  2. List the symptoms of Zika virus disease.
  3. Discuss the main consequences of Zika virus disease in pregnant women with your community.
  4. Explain to the public how to prevent Zika transmission.

This lesson will provide an overview of Zika virus disease communications with policy makers. It will discuss policies, policy makers, and how to best communicate with policy makers. Lastly, the lesson will guide you with some specifics on what you should tell policy makers about Zika. This lesson should take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

After this lesson, you will be able to:

  1. Describe policies and their importance in public health.
  2. Identify policy makers in your community.
  3. Describe strategies to deliver effective messages to policy makers.

Unit 3: Zika - Case Definitions and Diagnostics Guidelines (coming soon)

  • Lesson 1: What a Healthcare Provider Needs to Know - Generalities and International Case Definitions
  • Lesson 2: What a Healthcare Provider Needs to Know - Diagnostics Guidelines

Unit 4: Microcephaly and Congenital Zika Syndrome (coming soon)

  • Lesson 1: Microcephaly and Other Central Nervous System Defects Caused by ZIKV: Case Definition, Suggested Guidelines
  • Lesson 2: Congenital Zika Syndrome: How to Recognize It? Clinical Management and Follow-Up

Unit 5: Microcephaly and Congenital Zika Syndrome Clinical Cases (coming soon)

  • Lesson 1: Microcephaly and Congenital Zika Syndrome Clinical Cases: Primary Prevention for Women Living and Traveling in Risk Areas
  • Lesson 2: Pregnant Women with Zika-related Symptoms and Pregnant Women Who Presented Zika and Her Fetus is Diagnosed with Microcephaly
  • Lesson 3: Newborns of Pregnant Women Who Presented Zika-related Symptoms, and Newborns with Microcephaly and Newborn with Congenital Zika Syndrome

Unit 6: Use of Data for Public Health Purposes (coming soon)

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Data and How to Use Data for Healthcare Providers, Health Departments, and Policy Makers
  • Lesson 2: Presenting Data to Policy Makers