CIDRZ researchers disseminate results at the 8th EDCTP Forum in Lusaka

CIDRZ researchers presented eight posters and two oral presentations to an international audience at the 8th European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) Forum which took place this November in Lusaka this year under the theme, “Defeating poverty-related and neglected diseases in Africa: harnessing research for evidence-informed policies.”

 

CIDRZ presentations described recent clinical and implementation research results ranging from field diagnosis of Hepatitis B, impact of Hepatitis B/HIV co-infection on mortality, optimizing clinical outcomes of HIV/TB co-infected patients, meeting the challenges of collecting dry blood spots in field/community settings, tracing lost-to-follow-up patients to improve cohort data in urban Lusaka, feasibility of introducing prison health Committees to strengthen Zambian Prison health and qualitative work on understanding patient decisions to disengage from HIV care and treatment programmes. Presenters were Dr Mike Vinikoor, Dr Margaret Kasaro, Dr Caroline Chisenga, Virginia Munamunungu, Kalo Musukuma, Bertha Chibwe, Kombatende Sikombe, Kaunda Kaunda and Clement Moonga.

 

The EDCTP Forum is a biennial event and is one of the most prominent conferences on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other neglected infectious diseases prevalent in Africa. About 600 delegates participated in this event in Lusaka which was organised by EDCTP in partnership with the Government of the Republic of Zambia Ministry of Health. The Forum offered an opportunity for dialogue and exchange of ideas between scientists, policy makers, funders, donors and global health advocates in the field of clinical development of effective and accessible interventions against poverty-related diseases.

CIDRZ staff graduate from Bloomberg Philanthropies Data to Policy (D2P) Training

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Dr Thea Savory, Dr Mwanza Wa Mwanza, Mwansa Lumpa, Masuzyo Chitala, and Kombatende Sikombe of the CIDRZ Monitoring & Evaluation, Data, and Research departments recently graduated from the Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health Initiative D2P training.

 

The training consisted of two one-week long sessions in March and November 2016 with weekly conference calls to follow-up on progress. The course was facilitated by Michael Washington of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Data Impact program.

 

The purpose of the Data to Policy (D2P) course is to train local scientists how to identify important health challenges in their areas and collect and use data to support a proposed policy change to remedy that challenge in an affordable and sustainable way. Implementation research evidence should identify new healthcare solutions that are suitable to drive policy change for the better.

 

All of the CIDRZ trainees felt that the course was very useful and relevant to their CIDRZ work, being that it is a leading organisation in programme implementation and research.

 

“The course was very insightful and gave us a different approach to the kind of work we do. With the knowledge gained we will be able to use the data we generate from programme implementation to try to influence decision makers to reinforce or even change policy which will benefit and improve people lives. This knowledge fits under our CIDRZ strategy to positively impact health in Zambia and assist people to live a life free of AIDS by innovative solutions found through implementation science.”

UNZA students awarded CIDRZ/SHARE Scholarships to study Water Sanitation and Hygiene issues in Zambia

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CIDRZ, in collaboration with the Sanitation and Hygiene Applied Research for Equity (SHARE) Consortium, has awarded three University of Zambia (UNZA) students £2,000 each to conduct research in response to the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) situation in Zambia. The trio are Mundia Nyambe, a Masters of Public Health student at the UNZA School of Medicine, and Changwe Mafuta and Samapimbi Munaye, both fifth-year students studying Civil Engineering at the same institution.

 

Speaking on behalf of CIDRZ and the SHARE Consortium, CIDRZ Deputy CEO, Dr Izukanji Sikazwe said, “I am proud of you for emerging successful in this award application. But what makes me even more proud is that you are young and upcoming researchers that have shown the passion to contribute to the body of scientific knowledge. I wish you luck in your various projects.”

 

Ms Nyambe’s research will be conducting comparative assessment of domestic water quality at sources and storage points at household level in selected peri-urban areas of Solwezi District in North Western province of Zambia.”Upon receiving the scholarship she remarked, “I am greatly humbled to have been awarded the CIDRZ/SHARE research and innovation scholarship. I am ready for this big and challenging task! I wish to bring out scientific based evidence that will help in policy formulation and management of public health challenges especially in the area of water supply and sanitation.”

 

Mr Mafuta’s research is about “Developing a lever eco-sanitary toilet that does not use water to flush faecal matter and uses solar energy to treat waste” and Mr Munaye’s research is on “Improving sanitation through recycling of plastic solid waste materials.” He noted “One of the biggest challenges students face is getting funding for the final year research projects. This burden has been taken away from me by the CIDRZ/SHARE project award. My hope is to see my innovation and research project contributing to resolving WASH challenges that Zambia is facing.”

 

Research works will help address gaps in WASH

We are excited with these research topics because we know they will feed into some of the challenges. As with most areas of health and development, there are a number of gaps in our understanding of the magnitude and mechanisms of the impact of WASH interventions. Achieving a better understanding of these through rigorous research that harnesses a range of research methods and approaches will build stronger policy and programmes. We are sure that these innovations and research topics will help us achieve that objective,” added Dr Roma Chilengi, CIDRZ Chief Scientific Officer.

 

Competitive Selection Process

Calls for applications were sent out to the UNZA Schools of Medicine and Engineering.  A total of thirteen applications were received and team of evaluators from CIDRZ and the UNZA reviewed the proposals and held interviews with each applicant.

 

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CIDRZ/ SHARE Collaboration

The SHARE Consortium is under the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and has been collaborating with CIDRZ and supporting various WASH-related research programmes. Currently, SHARE is supporting: Creating Demand for Sanitation in Peri-Urban Areas which aims to determine how far a state-of-the-art approach to behaviour change can enhance demand for and acquisition of improved toilets in peri-urban Zambia; and Rotavirus Vaccine Seroconversion which is conducting a comprehensive evaluation of diarrhoea among immunized child populations in Zambia.

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: vyr1@cdc.gov

 

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 http://www.cidrz.org/wp-content/uploads/2015-CIDRZ-Annual-Report.pdf

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.

GOODS, SERVICES AND WORKS REQUIRED

  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

REQUIREMENTS

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.

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

PLEASE NOTE THAT REGISTRATION DOES NOT MEAN AUTOMATIC OFFER OF BUSINESS

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.

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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.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – Chief Financial Officer

The Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) is a vibrant independent non-governmental organisation that partners with the Government of the Republic of Zambia to effectively improve the health of Zambians. CIDRZ conducts locally-relevant, cutting-edge research and health programming, and provides technical support and training to strengthen primary healthcare provision systems in the areas of HIV, TB, infectious disease, women’s, children’s and prisoner’s health. CIDRZ now wishes to recruit:

Chief Financial Officer Ref No. CF/FN/10/16

Reports to the CEO. The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is responsible for all finance related matters at CIDRZ and for the efficient operations of the Finance Department. As a member of the Executive Committee (EXCO) and Leadership Team (LT), the CFO also assists in strategic planning of the organisation, leading discussions with auditors and the finance departments of partner organisations. She/he is ultimately responsible for the financial management of all CIDRZ grant income in Zambia.

Key responsibilities

  • Accountable to the CEO and Board of Directors for the financial performance of the organization
  • Leadership and management of the Finance Department that drives industry-leading performance of the department
  • Strategic financial advice throughout the organisation
  • Financial accounting and management reporting
  • Coordination and streamlining of annual programme and administrative budget preparation
  • Oversight of all laboratory management accounts and budgets to maintain the financial sustainability of the laboratory
  • Guidance on grant indirect rates and determination of the overall administrative cost base of the organisation
  • Statutory reporting, annual returns, PAYE, NAPSA and tax returns amongst others
  • To engage with external auditors for annual statutory audits and donor annual financial reports including quarterly Financial Status Reports (FSRs)
  • Engages with outside consultants in an expedient fashion when specific technical expertise is required
  • Spearheads the risk management process in financial management
  • Management of treasury investments and exchange rates
  • Input into donor reporting processes
  • Advise on Management Tender Committee (MTC) on procurement issues and other guidelines
  • Performs frequent reviews and improvements in internal controls
  • Represents CIDRZ financial positions at board meetings and advise on strategic financial issues.

Qualifications

  • ACCA. CIMA, CPA or equivalent. An MBA will be of added advantage
  • 8 years post qualification finance experience
  • U.S. Government financial management experience will be an added advantage including U.S. Government/CDC/USAID rules and regulations training
  • Ability to multi-task and meet tight deadlines
  • Analytical mind with strong writing skills
  • Outstanding leadership and inter-personal skills with substantial experience in organizational development and mentorship
  • Good communication and negotiation skills and ability to build consensus within and between departments/projects
  • Ability to manage and work with diverse teams with diverse cultural backgrounds

Closing Date for receiving applications is 4th November, 2016

Suitably qualified candidates are invited to apply. However only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Please send application letter quoting Reference Number. Send relevant academic and professional certificates and detailed CV with day-time telephone to:

CIDRZ Director Human Resources P.O. Box 34681, LUSAKA or email: jobs@cidrz.org

Call for Abstracts: CIDRZ Scientific Writing Capacity Development Workshop Deadline 14th October 2016

CIDRZ Scientific Writing Capacity Development Workshop 13 – 18th November 2016

With support from SHARE and Viiv healthcare, CIDRZ is pleased to announce the Scientific Writing Capacity Development Workshop from the 13-18th November 2016. This is a practical and intensive scientific writing training opportunity. An excellent faculty of mentors, including a journal editor from the BMJ Open, has been convened to provide coaching in a week-long writing training that will cover the general structure of a standard scientific manuscript. Selected trainees from Zambia will be junior mid-career CIDRZ staff and post graduate students from The University of Zambia School of Medicine. An additional three international trainees will be invited to  join from Kenya, Malawi and Tanzania. 
The Workshop will take place at an off-site lodge cut-off from other routine activities in order to limit focus to the writing. The venue will have sufficient internet connectivity to allow for literature searches. There will be minimal lecture-type didactic teaching, and much work on each trainee’s major manuscript sections. Needed tools such as referencing and analysis software will be provided. Afternoons and evenings will be focused on individual work on manuscript drafts with the dedicated support of the facilitators.
To be considered as a possible applicant you MUST:
 – Submit an abstract of no more than 500 words on a topic relevant to public health following the Abstract Submission format of:

    • Title
    • Authors and affiliations
    • Summary Background
    • Methods
    • Results
    • Discussion

– Have data or have access to data that is reasonably clean to be analysed
– Be willing to commit to a week of intensive reading, writing and revisions
– Commit to continuing work on your manuscript with assigned mentors beyond the workshop

 
DEADLINE for Submission is 17hrs CAT Friday, 14th October 2016.
Email your completed Abstract Submission form – using the subject line Scientific Writing Capacity Development Workshop  – to tamara.moyo@cidrz.org
Successful applicants with be notified on 21st October.
 

Fellowship Opportunity: SHARE Fellow (SF) Ref No. FL/SH/15/09/16

CIDRZ is seeking a post PhD to become a SHARE Fellow

Period of Agreement:    1st October 2016 – 30th June 2018
Reports to Chief Scientific Officer/Principal Investigator, SHARE project

Closing date for applications: 23 September 2016

CIDRZ is collaborating with the Sanitation Hygiene Access Research Equity (SHARE) programme coordinated through the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) to implement second-phase research and training activities in the project Rotavirus vaccine seroconversion and potential interference from Environmental Enteric Dysfunction: A comprehensive evaluation of diarrhoea among immunized child populations in Zambia”.

 

Learn more at:  http://www.cidrz.org/cidrz/job/fellowship-opportunity-for-post-phd-candidates-share-fellow-sf-ref-no-flsh150916/