In an effort to ensuring improved access to quality healthcare in Zambia, the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) with support from the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and in partnership with the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) partnered with Office of the Public Protector to provide health services during the HIV and AIDS work place outreach.
Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) Communications Manager, Daniel Banda, explained that CIDRZ offers a range of health services: “the CIDRZ HIV prevention, care and treatment programme supports public health facilities by offering prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT) services, HIV prevention, care and treatment services, Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision and integrating HIV testing services into antenatal care and TB disease screening and treatment programmes as well as cervical cancer screening among others.”
He added on that the organisation focus on widening access to quality health care, and strengthening complementary health services across a range of focus areas and he encouraged the workers to take advantage of the services that were being offered.
Office of the Public Protector Public Relations Officer Chileshe Mwansa said, the programme was very educative as it came at the right time “this program has come at the right time as we are fighting stigma within the organisation and we thought CIDRZ would be ideal to educate and provide to us some health information and services, which is important for the institution as it enables us to help the workers on health matters when they know their HIV status.”
Ms Mwansa added that the response from the workers was impressive as everyone was present for the meeting, and that the turnout for cervical cancer screening was remarkable which is helpful to ladies.
During the event, 33 workers were reached with different services such as general sensitization on HIV, testing and preventive measures, cervical cancer screening and information, male circumcision information and bookings and vital screening with 18 workers who tested for HIV.