Health care system must support the planned increase of ART clients, due to the rising number of HIV patients in the community. This calls for collaboration among all stakeholders involved in the management of HIV cases.
With on-going support from the United States President’s Relief (PEPFAR), and Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CIDRZ in collaboration with the Ministry of Health conducted a 2 day training workshop for private pharmacy personnel on HIV management with focus on patients enrolled on the Differentiated Service Delivery (DSD) model. The workshop was aimed at imparting pharmacy personnel with knowledge on how to handle HIV patients referred to their respective pharmacies through the DSD model.
This training was conducted following a series of consultative meetings with the DSD National Task Force and private pharmacy owners.
The training, a first of its kind for CIDRZ was targeted at private pharmacies that are fully registered with Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority (ZAMRA), a statutory national medicines regulatory body for Zambia established under an Act of Parliament, the Medicines and Allied Substances Act No. 3 of 2013 of the Laws of Zambia. The Pharmacy’s involved in the training will be required to sign a Memorandum of Understanding and adhere to Ministry of Health (MOH) regulations.
Dr. Shula a clinical care representative from MOH said “CIDRZ has been an all-weather partner and I want to say thank you very much for facilitating such. I know we may not be in this meeting throughout, but we are very happy for the togetherness as we continue combating AIDS”.
Meanwhile, Mulenga Ezra a Pharmacy Technologist from BERTY Pharmacy in Kabwata said “ I am grateful to CIDRZ for giving me this opportunity to attend this training. I feel my work will now be made simple when it comes to drug delivery. This will reduce the cost and distance a patient is required to travel to pick up drugs, and patients with competing work schedule can easily access their drugs at a convenient time and place of their choice”.