New Board Members join CIDRZ

Charles Mpundu

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Charles Mpundu is Director General of the Zambian National Pension Scheme Authority (NAPSA).

Mr Mpundu has held many high level management positions in his career including: 1997-2001 General Manager of Cavmont Merchant Bank Ltd Zambia; 2001-2007 Director of Investments NAPSA; 2006-2012 Commissioner and CEO of Worker’s Compensation Fund Control Board Zambia; 2009-2012 Managing Director of Integral Initiatives Company Ltd. Zambia. In his current position at NAPSA he has responsibility of overseeing the national scheme with assets in excess of K9.5 billion (approx. US$1.5 billion).

Mr Mpundu is a member of the Institute of Directors Zambia, an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK and Zambia Branches, Chairman of the Barclays Bank Plc Staff Pension Trust Scheme, Non-Executive Director Zambeef Plc, President of the Actuarial Society of Zambia, Affiliate Member of the Institute of Actuaries, UK, and Vice Chair of the East and Central African Social Security Association (ECASSA). He holds a Master of Business Administration from Durham Business School, UK and a BSc in Actuarial Sciences from CASS Business School, City University, UK and is a trained Stockbroker and Licenced Investment Advisor.

Emily Sakala

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Kondwa Emily Sakala-Chibiya is a legal practitioner and Advocate of the High Court and Supreme Court of Zambia.

Since 1999, Ms Sakala has been with Messrs. J.B. Sakala and Company in various positions. Since 2005 she has represented both corporate and private clients in matters relating to Labour, Company, Commercial, Family, Probate, and Contract Law, and Conveyancing. From 2003 to 2004 she worked with the Federation of International Women Lawyers (FIDA) providing legal advice to disadvantaged women and children in the areas of domestic violence, property rights, matrimonial and probate matters. She has served on multiple committees in relation to HIV/AIDS, women’s rights and gender-based violence, as well as audit and governance.

Ms Sakala holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from Reading University, UK and was called to the Zambian Bar on 1995. In 2007 she obtained a certificate in Investment Advisory and Stock Broker Services from the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and the Zambia Centre for Accountancy Studies. Since 2010 she has been a Member of the Institute of Directors.

Patrick Wanjelani

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Patrick Wanjelani is Chief Executive Officer of Newgen Holdings Ltd, Zambia.

He is also Technical Advisor to IFAC Ethics Committee, and Director of Blue Light Risk Management Ltd and Kumil Investments Ltd.

Since 2001, Mr Wanjelani has been with Barclays Bank Zambia PLC in escalating positions of financial and governance responsibility. He most recently served as Head, Africa Asset Liability Management and Funds Transfer Policy of Barclays Africa Group Treasury implementing the funds transfer policy across 12 African entities; from 2005 to 2012 he was Chief Financial Officer for Barclays Bank Zambia PLC; and from 2001 to 2005 Mr Wanjelani served as Finance and Planning Manager.

He holds a Master of Business Administration from Oxford University, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualifications from Thames Valley University UK, and Diplomas in Professional Accounting and Business Administration, UK. Mr Wanjelani is a Fellow of Chartered and Certified Accountants.

Beatrice Grillo

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Beatrice M Grillo is Managing Partner of Gadsden Grillo and Company.

Since 2003, Mrs Grillo has been a Partner, and then a Managing Partner, of Gadsden Grillo and Company. Previously she has held the post of Senior Accountant positions with DHL International Ltd, Indeco Ltd, and ZAPP Ltd.

She earned a BA Economics from the University of Zambia and a Diploma in Advanced Finance from the Netherlands. She is a Fellow of the Zambia Institute of Certified Accountants (FZICA) and a member of the Association of Certified Accountants (ACCA) UK.

She also serves as a member, or holds the Treasurer or Chairperson, on many Boards of Directors most notably the Non- Government Organisations Coordinating Council (NGOCC) for the past eight years.

Dr Mike Saag

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Mike Saag is Professor of Medicine, Director of the William C. Gorgas Center for Geographic Medicine, and Director of the Center for AIDS Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

Dr Saag developed the “1917 Clinic” in Birmingham, Alabama as an HIV outpatient clinic that provides comprehensive patient care in conjunction with the conduct of high quality clinical trials, basic science, and clinical outcomes research.  1917 is a clinical trials unit, data management center, and clinical specimen repository for the UAB Center for AIDS Research (CFAR).

Dr Saag focuses on HIV and Hepatitis C clinical, translational, and outcomes research. He has published over 300 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including multiple landmark firsts describing HIV genetic evolution and viral replication, and clinical practice of HIV patients including guidelines for use of viral loads and proof-of-concept of fusion inhibition as a therapeutic option. Mike also directed the first patient studies of seven of the 25 antiretroviral drugs currently on the market.

He is co-editor of the AIDS Therapy textbook, and editor of the Sanford Guides for Antimicrobial Agents and HIV. During his career Mike has served on many high-level Boards, and currently is a member of the International AIDS Society-USA Board of Directors and the HHS Guidelines Panel on Antiretroviral Therapy.

 

CIDRZ Receives Grant from The ELMA Foundation

CIDRZ is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from The ELMA Foundation to help support the PREEMI Programme: Preterm Resources, Education and Effective Management for Infants. PREEMI will support implementation of proven and cost-effective antenatal and postnatal care interventions aimed at reducing perinatal morbidity and mortality among preterm infants. These are: use of antenatal corticosteroids and antibiotics for women and infants; provision of effective neonatal resuscitation and proper umbilical cord care; and supporting kangaroo-mother care (breastfeeding, bonding, and skin-to-skin contact). The overall aim of the programme is to support the Zambian Ministry of Health and Ministry of Community Development Mother and Child Health in realizing the goals of the recently adopted Newborn Health Framework by integrating the PREEMI package into the national rollout strategy. National coverage of these interventions could reduce neonatal mortality among preterm infants by 75%.

The PREEMI programme will include improving the quality of antenatal care services, particularly for women at increased risk of preterm delivery, through community and staff education, introduction of checklists and improved clinical record keeping, mentorship in clinical protocols and risk assessment, and provision of logistical support for clinical supplies and equipment. PREEMI trained nurses will be seconded to their respective health facilities, where they will serve as ‘Change Champions’ helping to implement proven interventions, coordinate trainings, provide daily onsite mentorship to health facility staff and monitor the programme.

Albert Manasyan

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CIDRZ’s Dr Albert Manasyan will be the Principal Investigator responsible for the PREEMI Programme.

CIDRZ and MOH Conduct Ebola Virus Preparedness Sensitisation to Staff and Key Health Care Workers

Dr Lottie Hachaambwa joins with CIDRZ Infectious Disease specialists, Drs Holmes and Sikazwe, to update staff on Ebola virus

On Thursday 30th October, Drs Hachaambwa, Holmes and Sikazwe will update CIDRZ staff on Ebola virus infection preparedness. The presentation and accompanying resource materials will be distributed to all CIDRZ staff, including those in their provincial work stations, to share with their Ministry colleagues to ensure that all key health care workers are aware about Ebola.

Dr Lottie Hachaambwa is a board-certified physician in Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease and works closely with the Zambian Ministry of Health and Ministry of Community Development Mother and Child Health on various HIV and infectious-disease related issues. He sits on the Infectious Disease subcommittee of the National Epidemic Preparedness and Control Committee and has participated in Ebola Preparedness Training at W.H.O. AFRO in Congo, Brazzaville, as part of the Zambian Ebola Preparedness Team.

Dr Hachaambwa is an honorary lecturer at the University of Zambia School of Medicine teaching HIV Medicine and Infectious Disease in the MSc and MMED programmes and provides inpatient consultation at the University Teaching Hospital. He also holds a post as Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Lighting the Way for Better Maternal Health Care

Mandombe Clinic

As part of safe motherhood practices, expectant mothers in Zambia are urged to deliver at a health facility so that they will benefit from medical care. But during the night in rural areas without electricity, midwives may have to struggle with a small flashlight torch or improvised kerosene lamp to provide the light they need to monitor labour progress or document clinical procedures.

But this is no longer a problem for Mandombe clinic, a typical poor rural health facility located in the heart of Luangwa District serving over 2000 people. The CIDRZ Better Health Outcomes through Mentoring and Assessment (BHOMA) study funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, has been implementing structured primary health care improvements in 42 rural centres in Lusaka Province. Mandombe clinic was one of the sites chosen for a 6-month long pilot. BHOMA installed solar panels so that the protocol-directed outpatient care could be implemented and clinical information captured on data servers for assessment and evaluation; part of BHOMA’s aim to improve rural clinical care.

However, after the successful 6-month pilot, the BHOMA study was required to shift out of Mandombe to focus on the other clinics. This presented a moral challenge to the CIDRZ BHOMA team: after assisting with bringing necessary light how could they pull out leaving the health facility, and its laboring patients, in the dark again?

The solution was to reroute the installed solar panels so that they fed into light bulb circuits that would continue to provide some basic lighting. Now laboring women who come to Mandombe clinic in the night find a brightly lit Out Patient Department and maternity room, and a happy midwife able to see what she is doing when she provides necessary care.

New Board Members

Ambassador Eric Goosby

20090825AmbEricGoosby_170_1Ambassador Eric Goosby is Distinguished Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco. He served from 2009 to 2013 as the U.S. 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.

Professor Kevin Marsh

Kevin Marsh 2Kevin 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.

Annabelle Degroot

Anna webAnnabelle 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 University in the U.K. and an Associate Chartered Accountant degree 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.

Christopher Mubemba

Christopher perfect square1Christopher Mubemba is the Director of Transmission Development ZESCO Ltd, Zambia. Since 1986 Mr Mubemba has served in various senior engineering posts in Zambia ranging from the Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines; within ZESCO in the Department of Electrotechnical Services, Generation and Transmission; the Department of Generation Planning and Design Engineering Development; the Department of Transmission Rehabilitation, Power Rehabilitation Project; to most recently as Project Director executing the USD 2 billion Kafue Gorge Lower Hydroelectric project on behalf of ZESCO Limited. Mr Mubemba holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, U.K. He is a Chartered Engineer of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, U.K., and a Member and Registered Engineer of the Engineering Institution of Zambia.

CIDRZ 2013 Annual Report

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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 ROTA@cidrz.org

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