Dr Thea Savory, Dr Mwanza Wa Mwanza, Mwansa Lumpa, Masuzyo Chitala, and Kombatende Sikombe of the CIDRZ Monitoring & Evaluation, Data, and Research departments recently graduated from the Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health Initiative D2P training.
The training consisted of two one-week long sessions in March and November 2016 with weekly conference calls to follow-up on progress. The course was facilitated by Michael Washington of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Data Impact program.
The purpose of the Data to Policy (D2P) course is to train local scientists how to identify important health challenges in their areas and collect and use data to support a proposed policy change to remedy that challenge in an affordable and sustainable way. Implementation research evidence should identify new healthcare solutions that are suitable to drive policy change for the better.
All of the CIDRZ trainees felt that the course was very useful and relevant to their CIDRZ work, being that it is a leading organisation in programme implementation and research.
“The course was very insightful and gave us a different approach to the kind of work we do. With the knowledge gained we will be able to use the data we generate from programme implementation to try to influence decision makers to reinforce or even change policy which will benefit and improve people lives. This knowledge fits under our CIDRZ strategy to positively impact health in Zambia and assist people to live a life free of AIDS by innovative solutions found through implementation science.”