Dr Sikazwe fourth from left on the panel “Implementing Differentiated Care: Innovations and Challenges”
Last week CIDRZ CEO Dr Izukanji Sikazwe attended the HIV Coverage, Quality and Impact (CQUIN) Learning Network meeting Partnering to Advance Differentiated Care in Umhlanga, South Africa The event was supported by the Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health ICAP program and the keynote address was delivered by the ICAP Global Director, Dr Wafaa El-Sadr. The participating countries of South Africa, Zambia, Kenya, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, and Malawi were represented by members of their Ministries of Health, national AIDS program and other key stakeholders. Dr Sikazwe sat on the panel “Implementing Differentiated Care: Innovations and Challenges” as well as presenting a Zambia country update about our CIDRZ experience. CIDRZ is currently conducting a differentiated care implementation study called Community ART for Retention in Zambia or “Community ART” with grant support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Other Zambia representatives were: Dr Bridget Mugisa, CDC Branch Chief Care and Treatment, Dr Ignace Gashongore University of Maryland Chief of Party, Dr Daniel Makawa Deputy Director Clinical Care Ministry of Health, Theresa Sikateyo Country Director ICAP, and Angela Taylor, Acting Country Director Equip.
The purpose of CQUIN is to foster a learning network of countries interested in partnering to enhance and accelerate the implementation of high-quality differentiated service delivery for HIV. The ultimate goal is to increase the number of people living with HIV initiating and sustaining highly effective HIV treatment with sustained viral suppression.