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MCSP Zika Response – Therapeutic Early Stimulation and Psychosocial Support

Publish Date: April 2019
Author: MCSP

MCSP worked with the Ministries of Health and other local partners in Barbados, Guyana, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, and El Salvador to design and implement early childhood development (ECD) activities for families and young children impacted by Congenital Zika Syndrome (CZS) and other disabilities. Using MCSP’s approach to therapeutic early stimulation (TES) and psychosocial support (PSS), frontline health providers in these six countries are integrating these activities into their routine child health assessments and services and increasing referrals to disability specialists. Additionally, they are empowering caregivers to conduct TES activities at home with increased dosage/frequency and addressing caregiver stress and well-being to ensure all family members receive the support that they need.