Through support provided by CDC/PEPFAR, CIDRZ was able to donate a new, 7-ton, containerized drug delivery truck to the Lusaka District Community Health Office to assist them to deliver life-saving Anti-Retroviral drugs to Lusaka District HIV Treatment and Care Clinics. Previously the District faced logistic challenges as they did not have their own dedicated vehicle for this important activity and so they reached out to CIDRZ to assist.
Since 2003, CIDRZ, with generous support of the CDC/PEPFAR, has contributed to meaningful improvements in the delivery of Zambian paediatric and adult HIV prevention and treatment, including scale-up of counseling and testing, introduction of home-based HIV testing, integration of Couples Counseling and Prevention for Positives, and provision of prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT) services, as well as improving linkages to care and treatment. During this time CIDRZ assisted Lusaka District with ARV drug delivery by assigning a truck, fuel and driver for this purpose.
But donation of the dedicated ARV drug delivery truck to Lusaka District is one step further in achieving local programme ownership as well as carrying out the CIDRZ mission of “improving access to quality health care” by supporting a sound drug delivery system that assures access of ARV medication to every Zambian that needs it.
Since receiving the truck in late 2014 the Lusaka District drug logistics system has become more efficient and health facilities now receive timely ARV deliveries. District Pharmacist, Mr George Kadima commented “the dedicated truck had tremendously reduced the ARV drug delivery challenges faced by the Lusaka District.”