The Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ), has trained 35 trainers to roll out the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) training on safe and ethical index testing. This training was a cascade to the next level following a webinar conducted by the CDC Atlanta team on safe and ethical index testing.
The two (2) day training conducted from 24th to 25th June 2020, attracted participants from Lusaka Urban, Western Province (Kaoma and Senanga Zones) and Chongwe District where CIDRZ is either a technical assistance partner or a differentiated service delivery partner. Among the participants included clinical staff, community staff, treatment supporters and volunteers.
The goal of the training was to have a pool of trainers in safe and ethical index testing who would roll out the implementation of safe and ethical index testing at facility and community levels.
The objective of the training included the following:
- To orient participants on the use necessary tools for implementing safe and ethical index testing
- To orient participants on intimate partner violence/GBV assessments
- To orient participants on the minimum standards for implementing index testing
- To orient participants on the use of the assessment tool for site assessments before implementing index testing.