CIDRZ Supporting Child Health Week



CIDRZ Deputy CEO Dr Zuzu Sikazwe with Lusaka Provincial Medical Officer Dr Kennedy Malama exiting the Hot FM Radio Outside Broadcasting booth at CIDRZ after announcing Child Health Week in Zambia.

During his joint interview, Dr Malama thanked “CIDRZ for working with the Government of the Republic of Zambia to fill gaps in the health sector in Zambia” 

This December’s Child Health Week the Ministry of Health is focusing on the usual child health week activities of routine immunisations, but are also emphasizing the need for Vitamin A supplementation and deworming to ensure that children grow healthy and strong.

Another supported health initiative ties into the recent World AIDS Day activities and is advocating for parents and guardians to “Know every child’s HIV status” and of course bring them to treatment and care. In order to achieve an AIDS free generation we need to ensure that all our children – and especially those from HIV infected parents are tested and provided treatment if needed.

It was great fun to have the HOT FM broadcasting booth at CIDRZ and gave an opportunity for our hard-working staff that are usually busy in the field to reach a larger audience to sensitise about needed health programs.


Developing the Next Public Health Leaders

CIDRZ believes in the capacity development of staff and especially in developing the next general of public health leaders!


Back Row: Emmanuel Chisango – Audit; Dr Mubiana-Mbewe -Paediatric ART; Dr Thea Savory – Monitoring & Evaluation; Christine Matoba – Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision; Linda Chibesa – Lab; James Zulu – Community; Barbara Lemisa – Better Health Outcomes through Mentoring and Assessment; Jamie Mwanza – IT; Bright Jere – Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision.
Front Row: Martha Mwendafilumba – Neonatal Health; Cheryl Rudd – Primary Health and Health Systems Strengthening; and Gordon Mwanza – IT

As an independent Zambian organisation CIDRZ is always interested in providing concrete and productive staff development initiatives. Recently a large group of managers underwent a training series on “Organisational Behaviour” delivered by lecturers from the University of Zambia. Other in-house training opportunities for staff, HealthCorps Fellows and trainees include the general principals of research and research design; epidemiology, statistics, and data analysis; programme management and Good Clinical Practices (GCP), as well as selected health programme area topics. In addition, there are weekly research meetings open to all staff that provide one-hour presentations on leading-edge research and health systems strengthening programmes from both internal and external experts.

A new addition to our staff training curriculum is the 3-month long University of Washington Department of Global Health e-learning Leadership and Management in Health course. In the last quarter of 2015 almost twenty CIDRZ managers and project/programme coordinators pictured above took this course which focuses on the practical leadership and management skills required to work in complex global health environments.

UW Leadership & Management in Health course



Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Comic Relief and Elma Philanthropies Services Visit CIDRZ


Left to right: Dr Richard Mutemwa, Zumbe Siwale, Dr Albert Manasyan, Dr Siobahn Crowley ELMA Philanthropies Services, Dr Zuzu Sikazwe, Dr Carolyn Bolton, Lola Adedokun Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Lucie Graham Comic Relief, Dr Chris Ngandwe, Dr Monde Muyoyeta, and Dr Roma Chilengi

On 10th December CIDRZ was privileged to host key representatives from some of our current donors: Lola Adedokum, Program Director for Child Well-being and Director for the African Health Initiative of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; Lucie Graham, International Programmes Manager of Comic Relief; and Dr Siobahn Crowley, Director of Health of ELMA Philanthropies Services. During their visit they met with Dr Elizabeth Chizema, Ministry of Health, Director of Disease Surveillance, Control and Research, toured the Child Health Unit Vaccine Cold Chain System and visited CIDRZ Central Laboratory.

They also discussed progress on funded activities as well as spent a day with CIDRZ scientists and programme directors learning about future proposed projects that would tackle key issues in Zambia under the areas of HIV Prevention, Treatment and Care; Health Systems Strengthening; Viral Hepatitis; Maternal and Newborn Care; and Tuberculosis Prevention, Treatment and Care.



CIDRZ 2015 Commitment and Integrity Awards

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The awardees are: John Sinyangwe- Finance­; Lifumbo Mukelabai – Lab Finance; Dr Monde Muyoyeta – Director TB Programmes; Michelo Simuyandi- Lab Science; Mabvuto Phiri – Lab Manager; and Wesley Pindu – Finance (missing from photo)

On 4th December, the CIDRZ CEO, Dr. Charles Holmes honoured six staff members who stood out in 2015 for their exceptional commitment to their work and personal integrity.

When presenting the newly inaugurated CIDRZ Commitment and Integrity Awards, Dr Holmes remarked that “he has witnessed the virtues of commitment and integrity in many, many of the staff within CIDRZ as they fulfil their duties, and that these six individuals have gone to extraordinary lengths to ensure that the resources entrusted to CIDRZ reach the Zambians that we serve in the form of impactful health programmes and cutting-edge research. Thus, although we are honouring only six people today, we see these traits in so many of you every day and we honour you as well.”


Dr Sharon Kapambwe – Awarded 2015 PEPFAR Hero and Champion


Dr Kapambwe receives the 2015 PEPFAR Hero & Champion medal and certificate from the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sport Vincent Mwale (MP) left, and his Excellency United States Ambassador to Zambia Mr Eric Schultz.

Congratulations to Dr Sharon Katai Kapambwe for being named a 2015 PEPFAR Hero and Champion for her tireless efforts to bring cervical cancer and breast cancer screening to Zambian women. As Director of the CIDRZ Women’s Cancer Control programme, she has been instrumental in the scale up of screening services for HIV infected, and uninfected women, throughout Zambia making the CIDRZ programme the largest one in sub-Saharan Africa. She was especially recognized for her drive to bring health messages to all sectors of community stakeholders including religious groups, the private sector and traditional marriage counsellors and to speak with women at every opportunity about the need to care for their health and get screened.

Dr Kapambwe was one of 7 PEPFAR Champion awardees for 2015 who were recognized for their commitment and success of working in the community to break down HIV stigma and discrimination, and encourage testing and access to treatment.

In April of 2015 Dr Kapambwe was seconded to the Ministry of Health to support sustainable national scale-up of women’s cancer control services. Read more >>



Dr Sheree Schwartz – Johns Hopkins Epidemiologist – at CIDRZ

Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health Division of Epidemiology faculty member Dr Sheree Schwartz PhD gave a fascinating talk at the CIDRZ Research Meeting about optimization of the HIV prevention and care continuum for women living with HIV or at risk of acquiring HIV in Southern Africa. Dr Schwartz is based in Baltimore, Maryland, but has projects in Johannesburg, South Africa.

High HIV prevalence rates of 63% and syphilis rates of up to 20% in female sex workers in South Africa with high rates of HIV status knowledge, but low rates of linking to ART care indicate a dire need to reach young women in this key vulnerable population by bringing ART care into the community.

Dr Schwartz also presented data on ‘Safer Conception’ strategies for discordant couples to enable successful child-bearing with decreased HIV transmission risk to a negative partner and to the baby. A Safer Conception Demonstration Project is currently ongoing in South Africa.

Dr Marshall Bloom – NIH/NIAID Virologist – Visits CIDRZ

This week CIDRZ has been honoured to have a visit by esteemed NIH/NIAID virologist Dr Marshall Bloom. Dr Bloom is a recognized expert on the pathogenesis of tick-borne flaviviruses, persistent infections and parvoviruses and serves as the Chief of Biology of vector-borne viruses in the Laboratory of Virology, and Associate Director for Scientific Management at Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) in Hamilton, Montana. RML is part of the Division of Intramural Research of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH).

During his visit Dr Bloom delivered a talk about RML and the science they undertake as well as visited the CIDRZ Central Laboratory, the CIDRZ Microbiology Lab and the University of Zambia Veterinary School Laboratory. The purpose of the visit was to discuss possible future collaborations.


Dr Bloom with Dr Richard Mutemwa, CIDRZ Director of Primary Care and Health Systems Strengthening at the CIDRZ Central Lab


Dr Bloom with Obert Kachuwaire, CIDRZ Lab Director


At the CIDRZ microbiology lab with Dr Mutemwa and lab scientist and rotavirus researcher Michelo Simuyandi


With Dr Edgar Simulundu and colleagues at the University of Zambia School of Veterinary Medicine Laboratory