CIDRZ 2013 Annual Report

We invite you to read our latest Annual Report to learn more about us and the work we do, and to become inspired to share in our vision.

Annabelle Degroot joins CIDRZ Board of Directors

Annabelle is the Finance Director for the three SABMiller businesses in Zambia managing finances of a $450 million revenue group with multiple complexities. She plays an instrumental role in Strategic, Sales and Operating planning and receives reports from Internal Audit. Previously, Annabelle served for four years as CIDRZ Chief Financial Officer and was responsible for fraud management, and establishing an internal audit department among other key accomplishments. She has broad experience in international financial management and consulting. Annabelle holds a MA in Economics from Cambridge and an A.C.A. from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Annabelle was born in Zambia, and holds a Resident’s permit. She has resided full-time in Zambia since 2001.


Dr Kevin Marsh joins CIDRZ Board of Directors

Kevin Marsh is a Professor of Tropical Medicine University of Oxford and has been based for the last twenty five years in Kenya. Qualified in medicine at the University of Liverpool in 1978 he began his research career at the Medical Research Council Unit in the Gambia. From 1985-89, Dr Marsh was at the Institute of Molecular Medicine in Oxford and in 1989 established with colleagues a series of research projects on the clinical epidemiology and immunology of malaria on the Kenyan coast which subsequently developed into an international programme working across a number of east African countries.

Dr Marsh has a particular interest in developing and strengthening research capacity and scientific leadership in Africa and has sponsored or supervised over 40 research fellows and doctoral students. He is chair of the World Health Organisation Malaria Policy Advisory Committee and sits on international advisory committees relating to malaria and to global health research.  He was elected a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2004 and was awarded the Prince Mahidol prize for medicine in 2010.


Ambassador Dr Eric Goosby joins CIDRZ Board of Directors

Ambassador Eric Goosby is Distinguished Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco. He served from 2009 to 2013 as the United States Global AIDS Coordinator, leading all U.S. Government international HIV/AIDS efforts. In this role, Ambassador Goosby oversaw implementation of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), as well as U.S. Government engagement with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

He also led the new Office of Global Health Diplomacy at the U.S. Department of State. Ambassador Goosby previously served as CEO and Chief Medical Officer of Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation, and was Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

He has over 25 years of experience with HIV/AIDS, ranging from treating patients at San Francisco General Hospital when AIDS first emerged, to engagement at the highest level of policy leadership.

As the first Director of the Ryan White Care Act at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Ambassador Goosby helped develop HIV/AIDS delivery systems in the United States.

During the Clinton Administration, he served as Deputy Director of the White House National AIDS Policy Office and Director of the Office of HIV/AIDS Policy of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Ambassador Goosby has longstanding working relationships with leading multilateral organizations, including UNAIDS, the Global Fund and the World Health Organization.

8th African Rotavirus Symposium registration NOW OPEN

8th African Rotavirus Symposium registration NOW OPEN.

On behalf of the African Rotavirus Network, CIDRZ welcomes all guests to the 8th African Rotavirus Symposium.

Download delegates registration form here. PLEASE complete the form and return to

Further information on travel, visa, venue accommodation and health is available here.

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:

SAVE THE DATE: 12-13th June 2014, 8th African Rotavirus Symposium Livingstone, Zambia

Theme:  Rotavirus Landscape in Africa – Towards Prevention and Control

 The Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) and Absolute Return for Kids (ARK) in collaboration with the University Teaching Hospital, the Zambian Ministry of Community Development Mother and Child Health, and the Ministry of Health cordially invite you to the 8th African Rotavirus Symposium to be held in Livingstone, Zambia on 12-13th June 2014.

 This annual event is organised by the African Rotavirus Network (ARN) – a network of global rotavirus researchers, African Ministries of Health, WHO, and key partners such as UNICEF, GAVI Alliance, BMGF, PATH, the Pharmaceutical industry and other stakeholders.

 The ARN was established in 1998 to determine the rotavirus burden of disease, the strain diversity and to increase awareness about rotavirus in Africa. It established an annual symposium to enable rotavirus scientists, clinicians, policy-makers and health officials to share ideas, expertise and learning across organisations and countries. Now with the availability of safe and effective rotavirus vaccines – and GAVI funding for new vaccine introduction – the need to share rotavirus disease and prevention strategies in real-time is heightened. The growing in-country experience of vaccine introduction and scientific endeavour in Africa is encouraging; this 8th Symposium will provide opportunity to accelerate momentum.

8th African Rotavirus Symposium Objectives:

      1.  Review rotavirus research and share current global epidemiological trends;

      2.  Share experiences regarding introduction of rotavirus vaccines into the country EPI programmes; and

      3.  Enable networking for research, academia and career growth.

The symposium venue will be on the shores of the mighty Zambezi River overlooking Victoria Falls/Mosi-o-Tunya or the ‘Smoke that Thunders’ in Livingstone, Zambia.

Dates:    12-13th June 2014

Venue:  Zambezi Sun Hotel, Livingstone, Zambia

Contact: Monde Ndana

Mobile: +260 968 181063


 We offer a warm welcome to Zambia and for your participation in the 8th African Rotavirus Symposium.


Local Organising Committee International Scientific Committee
Roma Chilengi, CIDRZ Roma Chilengi, CIDRZ
Evans Mpabalwani, University Teaching Hospital, Zambia Evans Mpabalwani, University Teaching Hospital, Zambia
Penelope Kalesha, Ministry of Community Development Mother and Child Health, Zambia Jason Mwenda, WHO AFRO
Cheryl Rudd, CIDRZ Duncan Steele, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Bruce Bvulani, University Teaching Hospital Zambia George Armah, University of Ghana
Cheri Reid, CIDRZ Jeffrey Mphahlele, University of Limpopo, Medunsa campus, RSA
Samukeliso Dube, Absolute Return for Kids, RSA
Umesh Parashar, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA
Nicola Page, National Institute for Communicable Diseases, RSA

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 8th African Rotavirus Symposium, Livingstone, Zambia, 12 -13th June 2014

Theme: Rotavirus Landscape in Africa – Towards Prevention and Control

The 8th African Rotavirus Symposium is an exciting and critical opportunity for global experts, scientists in the field, policy-makers and African programme implementers to gather and share current data and experiences on rotavirus. With the WHO-sponsored African Rotavirus Surveillance Network coming of age after a decade of surveillance across the continent, and with 13 African countries now having introduced rotavirus immunisations in their routine programmes, there is a wealth of knowledge, results, and experiences worth sharing.

The 8th African Rotavirus Symposium, hosted in Livingstone, Zambia, will be a two-day event offering a rich mix of basic science findings, surveillance results, and immunisation programme experiences. This is a call for abstracts on relevant topics ranging from rotavirus disease burden and epidemiology in Africa; rotavirus surveillance and strain diversity since vaccine introduction; decision-making processes for vaccine introduction; cost effectiveness analyses; rotavirus vaccination programme impact; and clinic research.

Abstract Submission Guidelines:

If you wish to participate as a presenter at the 8th African Rotavirus Symposium, please submit an abstract of your scientific paper, or a synthesis of recent research/programme findings for consideration. Special emphasis for plenary sessions will be on papers that demonstrate high quality and most insightful work.

  • Abstracts should include Title, Authors’ Names and Affiliations
  • Main body must be structured into Background, Methods, Results and Conclusion
  • Format must be Times New Roman 12
  • Keep to 300 word limit
  • Use only metric units for all measurements
  • Indicate your preference for an oral or poster presentation
  • Indicate your presentation category from choices below

Presentation Categories:

  • Burden & Epidemiology
  • Strain Diversity & Surveillance Results from African Countries
  • Vaccines Introduction and Impact Studies
  • Current and Future Vaccines
  • Global Perspectives with interest in Africa

To submit abstracts, Participants should complete using the attached document and email to

Submission Deadline: March 14th 2014  

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