CIDRZ takes part in Urban Mothers Walk to Support Rural Mothers

CIDRZ takes part in Urban Mothers Walk to Support Rural Mothers

Above, CIDRZ Deputy CEO Dr Izukanji Sikazwe standing beside Royal Highness Chieftainess Shimukunami.

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On Saturday 15th August, members of CIDRZ staff took part in the Urban Mothers Walk to support the Zambia Alliance for Maternal Neonatal and Child Health (MNCH Alliance) a coalition of civil society organisations that have come together to conduct joint advocacy activities aimed at contributing to the reduction of the unacceptably high rates of maternal, newborn, and child mortality and morbidity in Zambia. The event took place under the Theme: Saving Mothers, Saving Children – Now!

Guest speakers included Honourable Minister of Community Development Mother and Child Health Emerine Kabanshi and Permanent Secretary Professor Elwyn Chomba, among others. The event was a 7 km walk to represent the minimal distance that many rural women have to walk to receive health services.

CIDRZ, Zambart and Aeras Sensitise Media on TB Vaccine Research

 TB Researchers from CIDRZ and Zambart join Aeras to Sensitise Local Media about TB Vaccine Research

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This week CIDRZ and collaborator and research partner, Zambart, sensitised local media practitioners about the need for a preventative Tuberculosis (TB) vaccine and the ongoing Phase 2b TB-18 clinical research trial that is taking place at the CIDRZ research clinic in Kalingalinga and the Zambart research clinic in Kanyama. Twenty Lusaka-based print, radio and TV journalists took part in the event that was sponsored by Aeras. Dr Nathan Kapata, Ministry of Health TB and Leprosy Control Programs Manager, was a key presenter as he reviewed the State of TB in Zambia. Research Investigators from both institutions made presentations about past TB research in Zambia and how they have contributed to the benefit of public health in the country and the current clinical trial, as well as answering journalists questions. CIDRZ routinely engages media as they are a key and valued stakeholder in explaining health programmes and research in the country. Pictured below, CIDRZ TB Director  Dr Monde Muyoyeta explaining the TB-018 Preventive TB Vaccine research trial to Enock Ngoma, Miriam Zimba and other journalists.

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CIDRZ Facilitates 2nd Annual Pharmacy Research Conference

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CEO Holmes with members of the CIDRZ Pharmaceutical Services Department

CIDRZ Facilitates 2nd Annual Pharmacy Research Conference in Lusaka

The CIDRZ Pharmaceutical Services Department, the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization joined together to hold a conference for private and government Lusaka-based pharmacists under the theme “Strengthening the Role of Pharmacy in Improving Quality Health Services Through Research.” The event is emphasizing the important role that Pharmacists play in health services delivery and the need for pharmacists to engage in and contribute to high-quality research. Many research abstracts will be presented at the 2-day  event.

“I am proud to learn that pharmacists are embracing the challenge of research right here in Zambia,” Honourable Minister of Health Dr Joseph Kasonde said about the conference.

Dr Kasonde encouraged more pharmacists to rise to the challenge of creating breakthroughs and discovering new evidence that would positively impact on healthcare practice and improve patient outcomes.
He encouraged pharmacists to play an active role in aligning their practices with the vision of the Ministry, Millennium Development Goals and towards improving quality, accessibility and affordability of health care.

CIDRZ CEO Dr Charles Holmes delivered opening remarks at the event and said that “Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians are a respected and trusted healthcare cadre, and can do much to contribute to improved healthcare practice in Zambia through engaging in research related to their field of expertise.

There are still many unanswered questions in healthcare service and delivery – particularly relating to pharmaceutical research – that have not yet been explored. Pharmacists conducting high-quality, ethical research that conforms to international research conduct requirements, and importantly the protections of human subject standards, will provide evidence-based answers that can inform decisions about how to improve health care systems and practice and ultimately save Zambian lives. The role of the Pharmacy profession is very important in this endeavour and it is very gratifying to know that our CIDRZ Pharmacists are helping to drive this Pharmacy research agenda by collaborating with the Ministry of Health in holding this important and unique conference.