CIDRZ Receives 5-year U.S. Government PEPFAR Grant Award to “Achieve Control of the HIV Epidemic in Zambia”

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Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) is pleased to announce receipt of a 5-year, USD 100M competitive grant award (annual funding expected to be USD 20M, but is contingent on the availability of resources) from the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to intensify its efforts to control the HIV epidemic in the Western, Southern, Eastern and Lusaka provinces of Zambia.

The new Achieving Control of the HIV Epidemic in Zambia (ACHIEVE) project was awarded after CIDRZ’s outstanding program performance in the previous 5-year PEPFAR and CDC partnership HIV Integration into Local Ownership (HILO) grant, and will enable CIDRZ to further support the Government of the Republic of Zambia’s efforts to ensure that Zambia enjoys lasting control over the HIV epidemic.


The grant addresses multiple gaps in order to meet the Zambian National HIV Strategic Plan and the PEPFAR goals and targets. In particular, the pivot toward more intense support for high prevalence geographic areas and populations through scale-up of targeted key interventions in the new ACHIEVE grant will help the country to gain thorough and durable HIV epidemic control.


Building on CIDRZ’s model partnership with the Zambian Ministry of Health, ACHIEVE’s primary goal is to ensure epidemic control through sustained decreases of new infections and mortality along the entire HIV care continuum. ACHIEVE will holistically implement interventions across the healthcare service cascade targeting communities and local health facilities up to District Medical and Provincial Health offices. The grant will focus on building community demand for proven HIV prevention, care and treatment services; taking a systems approach to scaling-up differentiated care and improving data utilisation for quality improvement.


Upon learning of the grant award CIDRZ CEO, Dr Charles Holmes observed, “the selection of CIDRZ demonstrates the critical importance the organisation now holds as a trusted and capable partner in improving health in Zambia. We are honoured to have this opportunity to continue our partnership with the Government of the Republic of Zambia as we work together to end AIDS.”


The CIDRZ ACHIEVE project will be led by Dr Izukanji Sikazwe, an experienced Zambian public health leader and physician. She will oversee a highly skilled multidisciplinary program team, and will be supported by highly trained and experienced CIDRZ operational teams. The U.S. CDC Project Officer for ACHIEVE is Dr Bridget Mugisa, Prevention Care and Treatment Branch Chief at CDC, Zambia Email:


CIDRZ is an independent Zambian organisation with a mission to “improve access to quality healthcare in Zambia through capacity development, exceptional implementation science and research, and impactful sustainable public health programmes.” Governed by a majority Zambian Board of Directors and Leadership Team, CIDRZ has collaborations with numerous renowned local and international universities and other partners that enable the organisation to stay at the cutting-edge of science, program delivery and training. CIDRZ was granted Equivalency Determination status in 2015 and is equivalent to a U.S. 501(c)(3) charity. For further information, please read our 2015 Annual Report at

Dr Caroline C Chisenga PhD Immunology Joins CIDRZ Lab

CIDRZ is pleased to welcome Dr Caroline Chisenga PhD Immunology who will be joining the CIDRZ Laboratory in a Post-Doctoral Fellowship position.

Dr Chisenga earned her PhD in Immunology under the Nutritional Support for African Adults Starting Anti-Retroviral Therapy (NUSTART Project) funded by the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP). Under the supervision of Professor Paul Kelly of Queen Mary University, London she was able to show for the first time that some T-cell subsets reconstitute slowly after 3 months of ART initiation in malnourished AIDS patients. She also demonstrated the prognostic values of CD4 and CD8 T-cell proliferation and senescent markers as well as described reference ranges for CD4 and CD8 T-cell subsets in HIV-uninfected Zambian adults, and demonstrated that certain T-cell subsets respond to selenium in vitro, effects which are not seen in vivo. These results may help design targeted nutritional interventions that could enhance T-cell proliferation and suggest new possibilities for intervention in order to reduce the risk of early mortality.

Dr Chisenga was recently awarded a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in enteric diseases under the Sanitation and Hygiene Applied Research for Equity (SHARE) project and will join CIDRZ under the mentorship Chief Scientific Officer Dr Roma Chilengi.

Call for Applications: 2016-17 Goods, Services and Works Suppliers

NOTE: Deadline for submissions has been extended to 10:00 hrs on the 2nd December 2017

CIDRZ is now inviting applications from well-established and reputable companies to register as Suppliers of Goods, Services and Works for the year 2016/2017.


  1. Office Furniture, Equipment and Accessories
  2. IT Equipment and Accessories
  3. Motor Vehicle Spares/Repairs
  4. Stationery
  5. Pharmaceutical and Laboratory Supplies
  6. Medical Equipment and Consumables
  7. Hardware and Electrical Supplies
  8. Branding and Promotional Materials
  9. Printing and Photocopying Services
  10. Catering Services
  11. Manufacturing and Printing of Packaging Materials
  12. Hotels, Lodges and Conference Venues
  13. Minor Works – Plumbing, Electrical Repairs, Maintenance and Construction
  14. Air Conditioners Supply and Servicing
  15. Events Hire
  16. Maintenance and Supply of Fire Equipment
  17. Car Hire
  18. Medical and Solid Waste Disposal
  19. Security Services
  20. Garage Services
  21. Courier Services
  22. Air Travel Services


Details of the requirements and conditions are contained in the Application Form which can be obtained from The Procurement Office located at 5032 Great North Road in Lusaka upon payment of a non-refundable fee of K 300.00.

All completed application forms must be placed in sealed envelopes labelled “Registration of Suppliers for the Year 2016/2017” and should reach the undersigned not later than 10:00hrs, Friday, November 25, 2016.

The Head – Procurement & Supplies
Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ)
Plot No 5032, Great North Road


CIDRZ Congratulates Board Member Professor Kevin Marsh, Winner of the 2015 Al-Sumait Prize for Health

Professor Kevin Marsh, from the University of Oxford and African Academy of Sciences and a CIDRZ Board Member, has been awarded the 2015 Kuwait-sponsored Al-Sumait Health Prize for African Development for his ground-breaking research and sustained efforts to control and eradicate childhood malaria.

Dr Adnan Shihab-Eldin, Director General of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), which administers the awards, said: “Professor Marsh has spent over half his life living and working in Africa where he’s had a major impact on malaria and other infectious diseases through his ground-breaking work that has helped the health of millions of children.”

The citation from the Board of Trustees of the prize noted that Professor Marsh has published over 450 medical articles with African colleagues in peer-reviewed journals, and built training and research centres in Africa that have educated numerous medical scientists, including many now holding leadership positions in Africa and globally. One such example is CIDRZ Chief Scientific Officer, Dr Roma Chilengi, who worked with Dr Marsh in Kenya.

Upon hearing of the award Professor Marsh said, “I am tremendously honoured and excited to have been awarded the Al-Sumait 2015 Health Prize, which I see as recognition of the work of many wonderful colleagues who I have been fortunate to work with over the last thirty-five years. The award will be used to continue to support the development of science in the continent, particularly through supporting emerging young African research leaders.”

Professor Marsh will receive the prestigious one million USD dollar prize for during an award ceremony at the Fourth
Arab African Summit in Equatorial Guinea on 22nd November 2016.


Al-Sumait Prizes were introduced by His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al- Sabah, the Amir of the State of Kuwait and honour individuals or institutions who help to advance economic and social development, human resources development and infrastructure in African through their sustained research or innovative projects that result in major impact on the lives and welfare of the people of Africa especially the poor and underprivileged.