CIDRZ strengthening health systems through internship programmes

Interns in one of the health facilities

CIDRZ continues to provide Health systems strengthening and capacity-building through partnerships with both local and international learning institutions by offering internship and fellowship opportunities.

This year like every other year the Pharmaceutical Services Department supported five Pharmacy students attached to the unit from Evelyn Hone college, the students were mentored and exposed to HIV Prevention and Treatment Services in the MoH CIDRZ supported facilities.

Emmanuel Kalangwa, 3rd year pharmacy student at Evelyn Hone College said “the one month I spent at CIDRZ was educative. I have learnt a lot, for example how drugs are supposed to be stored at the right temperature to preserve drug potency. Besides acquiring more knowledge about HIV treatment regimes, I also learnt more other diseases such TB.”

Muhau Mubiana of CIDRZ explained that our department in collaboration with training institutions hosts a team of five (5) students from Evelyn Hone College every year and mentors them in pharmaceutical care. The skills attained became useful as they get deployed to various health facilities within the country. This year’s internship was unique in the sense that the interns came at a time when our activities had evolved from the traditional supply chain to differentiated service delivery (DSD), Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and Isoniazid Prevention Therapy (IPT)”.

Mentorship programme in progres

Having been with them for one month, these five are going out there as Pharmacy Technologist with a difference (Ambassadors and Champions) of DSD and PrEP services.

This years’ interns worked with Chipata 1st Level Hospital team to strength the Ministry of Health Standard Operating procedure (SOPs) manual for the management of the National ARVs Logistic system. The SOPs provide storage guidelines that should be followed at all facilities to ensure that drugs maintain their shelf life and maintain drug potency up to the time they are dispensed to the patients and in turn achieve viral suppression (third 90 among the 90:90:90 UNAIDS strategy).

The 90–90–90 is an ambitious treatment target to help end the AIDS epidemic by 2020. It aims:

  • By 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status
  • By 2020, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy
  • By 2020, 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression.
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