CIDRZ collaborates with MIT Sloan School of Management Groundwork Initiative for Global Health

CIDRZ recently hosted four graduate business/consultant students from the US-based MIT Sloan School of Management Groundwork Initiative for Global Health.

Their project was to explore management innovations and practices to improve healthcare delivery and specifically to identify ways to decrease patient wait times in the ART Pharmacy Department at the extremely busy Kanyama Health Centre, in the capital Lusaka. This clinic has over 10,000 registered patients on anti-retroviral therapy and sees from 200-300 ART patients per day.

The goal was to look at problems from the patient’s perspective, and to build solutions that could also be used in other clinics in Zambia. The main targets of the project were to find ways to shorten the length of time that patients have to wait at the clinic – currently averaging 4.5 hours, streamline logistic processes and improve staff morale.

The students collaborated with the CIDRZ and Lusaka District Pharmacy Department staff and by all accounts the project was a great success with a detailed report of easy to implement recommendations presented. All of the students have had prior experience consulting for large businesses and international organisations.

While in-country they were supervised by Helen B. Mulenga Head of the CIDRZ Pharmacy Dept., Nick Sze, Global Health Lab Teaching Assistant, Dr Anjali Sastry, senior lecturer in Management Science at MIT Sloan School of Management and Lecturer at Harvard Medical School’s Department of Global Health and Social Medicine; Kate Long, MScPH, Research and Projects Lead at MIT Sloan’s Global Health Lab; and Dr Lindi van Niekerk, Health Innovation Lead for the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation at the University of Cape Town.

MIT in community

From L to R: Paul Meggs, Shriya Palekar, Sylvia Benavides, and Saurabh Sanghvi.

8th INTEREST Workshop on HIV Treatment, Pathogenesis and Prevention Research in Resource-Poor Settings, 5-9 May, Lusaka

The 8th INTEREST Workshop will take place at the Intercontinental Hotel in Lusaka from 5-9 May, 2014. Known as the “African CROI”, the INTEREST Workshop brings together scientists involved in HIV treatment, pathogenesis and prevention research in Africa to share pivotal findings, promote collaboration and transfer experiences across fields and continents.
Launched in 2007, this annual international workshop has become one of the leading sub-Saharan conferences in the field of HIV/AIDS.

The Workshop focuses on issues of particular relevance for Africa and gives young researchers from the South an opportunity to present their data. The Workshop size and atmosphere facilitates discussion and discourse between participants. The format of this 8th INTEREST Workshop will consist of a 2.5 day programme of plenary sessions by renowned invited speakers, abstract-driven presentations, round-table discussions and poster sessions. CIDRZ experts are represented on the Local Organising Committee.

For more information about the 8th INTEREST WORKSHOP please go to:

CIDRZ CEO Charles Holmes to address the 5th Annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Conference, May 10-12, in Washington D.C.

pp_HolmesAs a Centre of Excellence Leader , CIDRZ CEO Dr Charles Holmes has been invited to speak as part of the Accordia Global Health Foundation panel “Collaborating to Achieve Sustainable Impact: Africa’s Centers of Excellence in Global Health” at the 5th Annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health conference under the theme: “Universities 2.0: Advancing the Global Health Agenda in the Post-MDG Era.”
The panel will detail the important and unique role that Centers of Excellence in Health play in strengthening sub-Saharan African health systems, and how vital it is that the global community supports them through upfront investment, sustained support, and increased collaboration among a wide range of partners.