Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) is pleased to announce receipt of a 5-year, USD 100M competitive grant award (annual funding expected to be USD 20M, but is contingent on the availability of resources) from the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to intensify its efforts to control the HIV epidemic in the Western, Southern, Eastern and Lusaka provinces of Zambia.
The new Achieving Control of the HIV Epidemic in Zambia (ACHIEVE) project was awarded after CIDRZ’s outstanding program performance in the previous 5-year PEPFAR and CDC partnership HIV Integration into Local Ownership (HILO) grant, and will enable CIDRZ to further support the Government of the Republic of Zambia’s efforts to ensure that Zambia enjoys lasting control over the HIV epidemic.
The grant addresses multiple gaps in order to meet the Zambian National HIV Strategic Plan and the PEPFAR goals and targets. In particular, the pivot toward more intense support for high prevalence geographic areas and populations through scale-up of targeted key interventions in the new ACHIEVE grant will help the country to gain thorough and durable HIV epidemic control.
Building on CIDRZ’s model partnership with the Zambian Ministry of Health, ACHIEVE’s primary goal is to ensure epidemic control through sustained decreases of new infections and mortality along the entire HIV care continuum. ACHIEVE will holistically implement interventions across the healthcare service cascade targeting communities and local health facilities up to District Medical and Provincial Health offices. The grant will focus on building community demand for proven HIV prevention, care and treatment services; taking a systems approach to scaling-up differentiated care and improving data utilisation for quality improvement.
Upon learning of the grant award CIDRZ CEO, Dr Charles Holmes observed, “the selection of CIDRZ demonstrates the critical importance the organisation now holds as a trusted and capable partner in improving health in Zambia. We are honoured to have this opportunity to continue our partnership with the Government of the Republic of Zambia as we work together to end AIDS.”
The CIDRZ ACHIEVE project will be led by Dr Izukanji Sikazwe, an experienced Zambian public health leader and physician. She will oversee a highly skilled multidisciplinary program team, and will be supported by highly trained and experienced CIDRZ operational teams. The U.S. CDC Project Officer for ACHIEVE is Dr Bridget Mugisa, Prevention Care and Treatment Branch Chief at CDC, Zambia Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CIDRZ is an independent Zambian organisation with a mission to “improve access to quality healthcare in Zambia through capacity development, exceptional implementation science and research, and impactful sustainable public health programmes.” Governed by a majority Zambian Board of Directors and Leadership Team, CIDRZ has collaborations with numerous renowned local and international universities and other partners that enable the organisation to stay at the cutting-edge of science, program delivery and training. CIDRZ was granted Equivalency Determination status in 2015 and is equivalent to a U.S. 501(c)(3) charity. For further information, please read our 2015 Annual Report at http://www.cidrz.org/wp-content/uploads/2015-CIDRZ-Annual-Report.pdf