CIDRZ CEO Dr Izukanji Sikazwe is pleased to welcome Mr Emmanuel Appiah Qua-Enoo as he joins CIDRZ as Deputy Chief Executive Officer.
“I am delighted to welcome Mr Qua-Enoo to CIDRZ. His experience in financial compliance, strategic planning, business development, and organisational and stakeholder relationship management brings a key skill to our CIDRZ leadership. He will play a major role as CIDRZ continues to grow and flourish as a permanent, independent, indigenous organisation serving the health and research needs of Zambia.” said Dr Sikazwe.
Originally from Ghana, Mr Qua-Enoo is a Chartered Accountant and a registered member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants. He holds two Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) Degrees, in Accountancy, and Accountancy and Finance, from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a Master’s of Commerce Degree in International Taxation from the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He is also an alumnus of the United States Venture Capital Institute.
Mr Qua-Enoo has worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Johannesburg Practice where he specialised in Financial Services and Management of Internationally Funded Institutions. During his career, he has also consulted for numerous international donors and their recipients across Africa and has a broad understanding of U.S. government regulations governing their foreign assistance programmes. While working at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of the Regional Inspector General in Pretoria, South Africa he was responsible for the management of all Non-Federal Audits in Eastern and Southern Africa, covering 21 countries. He has also served as the Chief Financial Officer of the Southern Africa Enterprise Development Fund, a USAID sponsored Private Equity and Venture Capital Fund that invested in Southern Africa.
After an extensive search the CIDRZ Board of Directors Recruitment Committee selected Mr Qua-Enoo, who had previously served CIDRZ as a short-term consultant strengthening our financial and reporting systems compliance with CIDRZ policies, donors, and prevailing law.
Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary for Technical Services Dr Jabbin Mulwanda cuts the ribbon at the Official Opening of the solar plant at the CIDRZ Central Laboratory with CIDRZ Board Chairperson Mr Bradford Machila
Today, with generous support from the U.S. National Institutes Health through the University of Alabama at Birmingham, CIDRZ officially opened an 83.2 kW capacity solar plant at its Central Laboratory at the Kalingalinga Health Centre in Lusaka.
Speaking at the event, Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary for Technical Services Dr Jabbin Mulwanda commended CIDRZ for the initiative. “What CIDRZ has done exemplifies the importance of collaboration between non-state actors and government. Knowing what Zambia has experienced recently in terms of power deficits, this solar plant guarantees continued quality laboratory services to Zambians in the public health sector. This is a big achievement not only for CIDRZ and the Ministry of Health but for everyone. Thank you CIDRZ and your sponsors for the laboratory services you have provided to the country over the years. Whenever I think about CIDRZ I think of quality.”
Minister of Health, Honourable Dr Chitalu Chilufya (MP) also commended CIDRZ for its continued partnership with his Ministry to ensure quality health services are delivered as close to the people as possible, as well as for going green. “We see here today the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Energy cooperating to attain a milestone achievement. We must create and leave a legacy. We must be committed to the preservation of the planet, and we must be committed to reducing the effects of climate change that is causing so much suffering to people the world over. Through the installation of this solar plant, a clean, reliable and cost-effective source of energy, CIDRZ has not only complemented Government’s efforts towards the provision of uninterrupted laboratory services, but also its commitment to renewable energy.”
Acting Director in the Ministry of Energy, Mr Arnold Simwaba added, “this solar plant will significantly help to reduce overload on the national grid. Our Ministry and the government encourages businesses and private individuals to emulate what CIDRZ has done and use alternative sources of abundant energy such as solar.”
CIDRZ Board Chairperson, Mr Bradford Machila, who attended the event with other Board Directors explained that CIDRZ was compelled to act due to the load shedding that had characterised the country’s energy sector. “In mid-2015, our Central Lab started experiencing 8 hours of power load-shedding every 24 hours causing a great challenge. Biomedical laboratory testing is a precise activity: temperature sensitive specimens require refrigeration or air conditioning to maintain sample quality, and sophisticated laboratory instruments and complex testing regimens require uninterrupted power to assure reliable results to healthcare providers and their patients.”
Currently, CIDRZ supports 84 government health facilities within Lusaka province with HIV viral load testing and early infant HIV diagnostics, the Central Lab conducts more than 2000 tests on a daily basis.
The implementation science project, Achieving TB Control in Zambia through Scale-up of Innovative Diagnostic Tools and Proven Active TB Case-Finding Interventions, will conduct systematic health facility and community-based case-finding interventions complemented by highly-sensitive screening and diagnostic tools to initiate a sustained increase in TB case detection in high-burden settings. The project will be implemented in collaboration with the Zambian Ministry of Health and the National Tuberculosis Programme.
Zambia is among the thirty highest TB burden countries globally but has low TB case detection of 58%. Promising diagnostic tools such as Xpert MTB/Rif have shown a limited impact on TB treatment outcomes when placed in health facilities because health system and patient-level barriers to accessing screening services are not addressed. To reach the desired TB detection and treatment impact, placement of highly-sensitive tools must be accompanied with interventions that allow maximal patient access to screening, diagnostic, and treatment services closer to home. This project will target ‘high-risk for TB’ Lusaka peri-urban dwellers in George compound through community awareness raising activities in combination with community and facility-level active TB case-finding and proven screening procedures.
The project is expected to:
- increase community awareness resulting in increased demand for TB screening
- increase knowledge about TB/HIV among healthcare workers
- increase TB screening in all health facility departments with use of exit screening and cough monitors
- reduce time to TB diagnosis
- strengthen contact tracing through use of a combination of screening algorithms to ensure that only high-risk patients get a definitive TB diagnostic test. Use of highly sensitive screening and diagnostic tools at the community level will allow maximal access to TB diagnosis.
The Achieving TB Control in Zambia through Scale-Up of Innovative Diagnostic Tools and Proven Active TB Case-Finding Interventions project is supported by the Stop TB Partnership’s TB REACH initiative and is funded by the Government of Canada and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Principal Investigator is Dr Monde Muyoyeta MBChB, PhD, Director of CIDRZ TB Programmes.