Health Systems Strengthening remains a critical component of the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ), as the organisation continues to supplement the Zambia Government’s effort to provide quality health care services to all Zambians.
With support from the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CIDRZ is among the key supporting partners at this year’s Pharmaceutical Society of Zambia Annual Scientific Conference and General Meeting held under the theme: Strong Pharmaceutical Systems Improving Public Health Outcomes in Livingstone.
The Conference has so far attracted 149 pharmacists, pharmacy technologists, exhibitors and guests from all over Zambia.
In line with the theme, CIDRZ has been working with the Ministry of Health to build capacities and strengthen pharmaceutical systems through staff mentorship, improved drug storage conditions, equipment support as well as implementation of differentiated service delivery models of care to ensure an efficient health service system.
CIDRZ Lusaka Province Pharmacist, Muhau Mubiana made a presentation on the five Differentiated Service Delivery (DSD) models that CIDRZ is implementing to address various challenges that patients encounter, and reduce the burden and strain on the local healthcare system.
These DSD models are being implemented in 49 health facilities in Lusaka, Western, Eastern and Southern Provinces and these “are Community Adherence Groups (CAGs) with 8,892 enrolled patients, Urban Adherence Groups (UAGs) with 2,373 patients, Health Post/Fast track Dispensations models with 23,073 patients, Scholars’ Model targeted at young patients aged 10-14 years has enrolled 349 patients and the Multi Month scripts model for patients receiving more than three month drug dispensations”, Mr Muhau said.
He added that there was need for a paradigm shift, where all stakeholders involved in the continuum of care especially pharmacy personnel, took ownership of public health activities and worked as a team to provide quality health services.
The Pharmaceutical Scientific Research Conference enables dissemination of current, original pharmaceutical research and practice that introduces new ideas, concepts and understanding of:
- Pharmaceutical Technology and Innovation
- Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
- Rational Use of Medicines
- Pharmaceutical Supply Chains
- Pharmaceutical Practice and Policy