In its quest to be a permanent resource to the Government of the Republic Zambia, CIDRZ actively collaborates with the Ministry of Health and serves on Technical Working Groups. Through mentorship and technical assistance, CIDRZ builds strong relationships with Zambian healthcare staff from facility to national levels as well as presenting at local and international meetings and provide regular dissemination to the Ministry of Health Research Directorate and other key stakeholders.
“In this regard, CIDRZ participated at this year’s 11th Annual National HIV Technical Conference held in Lusaka under the theme “fast- tracking Towards HIV Epidemic Control while Maintaining Quality Health Care”
Dr Mwangelwa Mubiana-Mbewe presented research findings on stigma under a session aimed at highlighting challenges and share best practices in case identification and linkage to treatment for adults, pregnant women and key populations towards achieving the first 90.
Musonda Musonda shared best practices in case identification and linkage to treatment for adolescents from a Comprehensive PMTCT for At-Risk Teens project supported by the M.A.C AIDS Fund. The “one-stop shop” pilot service implementation project aims to increase the awareness of adolescent health services within targeted communities as well as amongst health providers. The goal is to increase HIV testing amongst teens and prevent new HIV infections in HIV-negative teens, prevent unintended pregnancies, improve adherence to Option B+, increase treatment initiation and retention, increase the awareness of adolescent health services within the community.
CIDRZ Chief Medical Officer Dr Carolyn Bolton co-chaired a session on differentiated service delivery models and lost to follow up where Mpande Mwenechanya presented on CIDRZ Community Adherence Groups (CAGS), Urban Adherence Groups (UAG) models.
“The meeting was officially opened by the Minister of Health, Hon. Dr Chitalu Chilufya who also stated that the Zambian government is in the process of introducing a bill in parliament to help strengthen the National AIDS Council (NAC) in order for the organisation to effectively respond to the emerging challenges that come with control of the HIV epidemic.”