The Child Development in the Community Project (DICa) of the Institute of Collective Health of the Federal University of Bahia (ISC / UFBA) was created at the end of 2015 based on the needs arising from the Zika Virus epidemic and the neurological repercussions of this infection in the development of Brazilian children. In this scenario, efforts to control the ZIKV epidemic were necessary, as well as the design of proposals to deal with the effects of microcephaly, currently called ZIKV Congenital Syndrome, and to guarantee the best opportunities for development, social insertion and quality of life. life for the affected children.

Thus, the DICa Project proposes a set of strategies to respond to some needs related to children with congenital neurological alteration associated with intrauterine infection by ZIKV and their families. All the strategies of the DICa Project are contextualized for the needs of Basic Health Care and the territory, since the proximity of basic care services with families and insertion in the community context present a therapeutic potential for the development of these children in the community .

Thus, the DICa Project proposes action in three components:

I – Research project “Effects of congenital neurological manifestations associated with Zika virus on child development: a prospective cohort study in the context of Primary Care, in Salvador-Bahia”;
II – Interdisciplinary intervention to stimulate development in the community (with the caregiver-child dyad) and for the psychological support of family members (caregivers only) in the Primary Care territory;
III – Training strategies with an emphasis on Child Development in the Community, which involve the promotion of the Community Training Program and a Multiprofessional Residency Program in Collective Health.