CIDRZ Welcomes Dr Christopher Ng’andwe MSc, MMED as Head of Saving Mothers Giving Life Accelerating Maternal care Access Initiative

Dr Chris Ng'andwe


Dr Christopher Ng’andwe

Dr Christopher Ng’andwe MSc (Human Reproductive Biology) and MMED (Obs/Gyn) earned from Imperial College, London and UNZA respectively has joined CIDRZ in the role of Programme Head of the CIDRZ Saving Mothers Giving Life (SMGL) project known as the Accelerating Maternal care Access Initiative (AMAI).

In his immediately previous role, Dr Ng’andwe served as Team Leader for Maternal, Newborn, Child Health and Nutrition at the USAID-funded Zambia Integrated System Strengthening Program (ZISSP). He has 20 years of experience in Clinical and Public Health with expertise in leading the planning, design and implementation of health systems strengthening programs in Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, and Reproductive Health including Family Planning at all levels of health care. He is broadly interested in clinical and public health, including research related to these areas.

CIDRZ Pharmacists receive scholarships to attend UCT School of Business MDI Program for Health Leaders and Managers


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Congratulations to Helen Mulenga, Mpande Mwenechanya and Kaala Moomba – CIDRZ Pharmacists – who have received scholarships to attend the University of Cape Town, School of Business week-long Management Development Institute (MDI) Program for Health Leaders and Managers taking place this August!

Photos from left – Helen Bwalya Mulenga B. Pharm, MBA – Head, Pharmaceutical Services Department; Mpande Mukumbwa-Mwenechanya B.Pharm, M. Clinical Pharmacy – Program Manager for Population Effects of Antiretroviral Therapy To Reduce HIV Transmission (PopART); and Kaala Moomba B. Pharm, MPH, HILO – ART Acting Provincial Coordinator Southern Province

The MDI is a highly sought after leadership and management development program that aims to strengthen capabilities of managers in the public healthcare sector. Participants attend an intensive week-long training to hone management skills and then apply what they have learned on solving research-identified service delivery challenges in their home setting over the next 12-months while receiving coaching and mentoring by UCT.

The CIDRZ Team plan to tackle these challenges to local healthcare:

  • Improving adverse drug reaction reporting by health care workers in the CIDRZ-supported health facilities in Lusaka, Southern, Western and Eastern provinces of Zambia. By strengthening clinical and pharmacy staff understanding and creating systems to improve this reporting, more accurate data on adverse drug reactions experienced in Zambia will be realized.
  • Increasing Co-trimoxazole prophylaxis administration to eligible HIV-infected children. Research has indicated that co-trimoxazole prophylaxis to protect against early opportunistic infections is safe, inexpensive and highly-effective in reducing morbidity and mortality among HIV-infected infants, children, and adolescents and thus it is imperative that all eligible children are dispensed the drug (WHO 2013). However, routine pharmaceutical monitoring and evaluation indicates co-trimoxazole administration to eligible children in HIV Integrated Local Ownership facilities (2013-2014 Annual Progress Report) has been less that the targeted 100%.

Mpande says: “I am excited to participate in the Management Development Institute because this program will provide technical skills that will enable us to positively contribute to improving pharmacy practice in Zambia. As a team we will collaborate and use our individual strengths, expertise and resources to analyze and identify major health challenges and formulate effective plans to solve and meet these needs. We will also network and learn from other managers in sub-Saharan Africa dedicated to improving health care in their respective countries.”

Ronald Sinkala


Ronald Sinkala MSc, LLB, ACIS, AZICA is CIDRZ Company Secretary/Compliance Officer.

Ronald manages the CIDRZ Company Secretarial function performing the duties of Board Secretary. He provides administrative support to the Board Chair and Chief Executive Officer; identifies and monitors risk to the organisation and provides risk management with specific focus on legal, governance and donor compliance. He also drafts commercial and non-commercial contracts.

He has over 15 years’ experience managing donor-funded local and international institutions including Catholic Relief Services (CRS Zambia) serving as Head, Project Finance and Donor Reporting; the Netherlands Development Organization (SNV Zambia) serving as Country Controller, and the Churches Health Association of Zambia (CHAZ). Ronald is skilled at setting up internal controls, and developing policies and administration/financial management procedure manuals for sub-recipients.

He holds a MSc Finance from the London School of Business and Finance (with specialisation in Risk Management), and is a Chartered Secretary and Accountant registered with the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA UK) and the Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants (ZICA). He also holds a Law Degree (LLB) from the University of Zambia.