“I am delighted that we are celebrating this year’s labour day under the theme “Enhancing Productivity and Alleviating Poverty Through Decent Work Agenda”. This theme is in line with the aspirations and desires of the Board and Management to promote productive decent work aimed at ensuring inclusiveness and equity for all workers,” said CIDRZ Board Chairperson, Mr. Bradford Machila during the institutions’ Annual Labour Day Celebrations.
Mr. Machila reiterated the Board’s focus to develop strategies and programmes that would significantly contribute to the creation of more sustainable jobs in the organisation and providing capacity building to existing staff.
“We believe as a Board that this will also be achieved through reducing operational risks which will in turn enhance donor confidence and subsequently attract more funding to the organisation. We believe that donor confidence in us will bring in more projects resulting in more decent jobs being created,” he added.
And speaking earlier, CIDRZ Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Izukanji Sikazwe applauded CIDRZ staff for their tireless efforts in ensuring they provide quality health services to staff and reiterated that “we all need to ensure that we are effective and efficient in all that we do. For CIDRZ, the efforts we put in have always been a determining factor in our service provision output. Productivity has been key in ensuring an improvement to the quality of services we offer to our various stakeholders.
“Our result driven attitude at all levels of our work has always been reflected through our drive to ensure every Zambian has equal access to quality health care services . That is the kind of productivity we need to sustain in order to achieve our goals.”
Dr. Sikazwe noted that CIDRZ was key in ensuring the success of national health programmes during the 2018 Financial year and notable among these was the launch of the Surge campaigns in Lusaka, Eastern, Southern and Western provinces; whose aim was to ensure that the UNAIDS 90:90:90 targets are achieved.
“We were also key in the launch of the community health initiative in the markets and bus stations, the first of its kind in Zambia. Through this initiative, CIDRZ continues to be a key ally in supporting Government through the Ministry of Health to ensure access to quality health care for all as closer as possible because we know that investing in the health and wellbeing of our communities is key in tackling socio and economic development challenges and guarantees a healthy population which anchors productivity across all sectors,” she added.
During the event, 40 members of staff were award in various categories that include the Most Innovative; Most Improved; Most Committed and Hardworking, and Most Outstanding Employee Awards.
“As I conclude, today we are yet again recognizing individual efforts in various categories towards our work as CIDRZ. Congratulations to all members of staff who will be awarded today. These awards do not mean you layback in executing your duties but rather should be a stepping stone towards contributing even more to our work as an organisation,” she added.
Earlier in the week, CIDRZ staff participated during the national commemoration events at the Freedom Statue, which was officiated by Hi Excellence, the President Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu.
CIDRZ showcased some of its work on the floats.