Implementation Science: Just Do It

Dr Elvin Geng MD, MPH is Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF). Dr Geng’s research uses the lens of Implementation Science to understand and optimize the uptake of clinically efficacious interventions for HIV into routine care in resource-limited settings. Specific projects address engagement and retention in HIV care, improving antiretroviral therapy initiation, adaptive strategies for retention, and evaluating decentralized and community- based models of care. His work is based in the United States as well as in Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Dr Geng is the Co-Principal Investigator for the following grants in Zambia funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: Better Information for Health in Zambia study, Community ART for Retention and the newly awarded Person-Centered Public Health for HIV Treatment in Zambia.

 

Why good public health intentions fail in low-resource settings: thoughts from a recent integrated HIV/RH study in Kenya and Swaziland

April 16, 2015    9-10 hours Zambezi Conference Room, CIDRZ Head Office 5032 Great North Road, Lusaka

Dr Richard Mutemwa, MSc, MBA, PhD
Deputy Director, Health Systems Strengthening and Primary Care

Dr Richard Mutemwa is Deputy Director of Health Systems Strengthening & Primary Care at CIDRZ. He earned his MSc in Medical Statistics (with Epidemiology) from The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London and his MBA in Health, Population and Nutrition in Developing Countries and PhD in Health Management from Keele University, U.K. In his immediately previous role he served as Lecturer and Research Fellow teaching research design and analysis; health policy, power and process; reproductive health research; and the Health Services Management component of the Distance Learning Masters of Public Health degree at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Prior to this Dr Mutemwa served as Lecturer and Research Fellow at the University of Southampton, U.K. for 9 years teaching health systems and international development, with a specific focus on maternal and child health, and HIV/AIDS research. He has experience in the design, implementation, analysis, and dissemination of both quantitative and qualitative research and has served as Investigator on multi-site international trials as well as published multiple peer-reviewed papers. He has broad experience in Zambia, having served as USAID Country Project Manager on the USAID/MOST programme providing technical support to Zambia’s National Vitamin A supplementation programme; Head of the Nutrition Education Unit of the National Food and Nutrition Commission where he designed and led implementation of the National nutritional promotion strategy in Zambia.

 

Preliminary Results from the ACADEMIC Endline: Lessons Learned on Establishing and Implementing Tablet-Based Data Collection in a DHS-style Community Survey at CIDRZ

Lauren Beach JD/PhD
2014-2015 CIDRZ HIVCorps Public Health Fellow

April 2nd 9-10 hours Zambezi Conference Room, CIDRZ Head Office 5032 Great North Road, Lusaka

Lauren is Project/Research Manager and Co-Investigator of ACADEMIC, a large, community-based monitoring and evaluation study assessing the effectiveness of vaccination and behaviour change interventions on reducing under-5 deaths related to enteric pathogens. In December 2012, she earned her law degree Magna Cum Laude from University of Minnesota Law School, with a concentration in Health Law and Bioethics. In July 2014, she received her PhD in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology & Genetics, also from the University of Minnesota. In addition, she holds a B.A. in Social Relations & Policy from James Madison College and a B.S. in Microbiology & Molecular Genetics from the Lyman Briggs School, both from Michigan State University. Lauren has nearly a decade of leadership experience in the non-profit realm. She has served on 6 non-profit boards, including currently serving as a director of Healthy Kids – Brighter Future in Lusaka, Zambia and previously serving as President and board chair of the China AIDS Orphan Fund in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Dual elimination of HIV/syphilis initiatives globally and an update on the status of dual HIV/syphilis RDT Research

March 26th  9-10 hours

Zambezi Conference Room, CIDRZ Head Office 5032 Great North Road, Lusaka

Maura Laverty

Research Nurse Clinician, WHO Department of Reproductive Health

Maura Laverty has been a registered nurse for over 40 years, and has been heavily involved in the earliest research efforts to combat HIV/AIDS. After graduating from the Kings County Hospital School of Nursing in Brooklyn, NYC, USA in 1975, Mrs Laverty worked in emergency departments in New York City for a decade, during which time she witnessed the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in the US. In 1986, she was one of the first nurses to join the New York University School of Medicine clinical research team that conducted early HIV/AIDS research on AZT and every drug that came after, as well as several therapeutic and preventative HIV vaccines under Dr Fred Valentine. From 2002-2012, Mrs Laverty worked through a PEPFAR grant awarded to NYU School of Medicine to assist colleagues in Mombasa, Kenya to establish HIV care and treatment centers, eventually scaling up to treating over 20,000 adults and children with HIV. For the last year, Mrs Laverty has been working for the WHO under the direction of Dr Lori Newman studying strategies around the elimination of congenital syphilis and use of dual HIV/syphilis point of care rapid diagnostic tests.

CROI 2015: Data Relevant to Zambia

March 19th 2015

Dr Mike Vinikoor

Paediatrician and Infectious Disease Specialist

“The annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) is the world’s leading scientific HIV conference bringing together top basic, translational, and clinical researchers from around the world to share the latest studies, important developments, and best research methods in the ongoing battle against HIV/AIDS and related infectious diseases. CROI is a global model of collaborative science and the premier international venue for bridging basic and clinical investigation into clinical practice in the field of HIV and related viruses. CROI 2015 was held in February in Seattle, Washington, USA.” (www.croiconference.org)

Dr Michael Vinikoor is a Paediatrician and Infectious Disease Specialist—who has been based at CIDRZ since 2012. His research focuses on HIV and viral hepatitis clinical epidemiology and implementation science.