The Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) Clinical Research Site (CRS) Coordinator, Bupe Sichalwe, received the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) Citizenship Award which honors those who, in the performance of their duties and activities, exemplify the best qualities of Network citizenship.
Nominations for Bupe were graced with these words from CIDRZ, “Bupe is the heart and soul of our CRS. She has a relentless commitment to our volunteers, to our Matero community and to clinical research activities at CIDRZ more broadly. She also is a patient mentor and teacher, guiding our most junior staff through the intricacies of clinical trials implementation. Before she joined our team, we were struggling with site activation and ensuring that our CRS team was organized and performing optimally. However, since her joining, the site flourished, ultimately transforming from a protocol-specific site to a Core site and now balancing 2 protocols simultaneously. She is an absolute treasure and an indispensable part of the HVTN family,” Dr Roma Chilengi, CIDRZ Chief Scientific Officer said.
Bupe thanked the CIDRZ team for their unwavering support of her work, “thanks to the research team for this nomination and support as well as for their commitment to research implementation,” she said.
This award was given to her during the HVTN full group meeting from the 29th to 31st May 2019 in Washington D.C.
The HIV Vaccine Trials Network is the world’s largest publicly funded international collaboration focused on the development of vaccines to prevent HIV/AIDS.