CIDRZ Welcomes 2015-16 HealthCorps Fellows



Photo  Some of our 2015-16 CIDRZ HealthCorps Fellows! From L to R: Lisa Chileshe, Benjamin Usadi, Katayi Kazimbaya-Mwila, Emilie Efronsom, Njinga Kankinza, Kalo Musukuma, and Dr Roma Chilengi CIDRZ Chief Scientific Officer.

Introducing the 2015-16 CIDRZ HealthCorps Fellows

In 2004, CIDRZ initiated a public health fellowship programme, HIVCorps, to provide future Zambian and international public health leaders exposure to public health-related programme implementation in the Zambian setting. Fellows honed their project management skills as they provided logistical support to designated CIDRZ HIV-related service projects. Entrance to the fellowship  is competitive and since inception over 104 fellows have taken part and gone on to progress in their careers, both locally and abroad.

In 2014 we changed the fellowship name to HEALTHCorps to better reflect our expanding and updated programme focus – mitigating HIV/AIDS still remains a prominent feature of our work – but we also work to improve overall health systems to better deliver on our vision of “A Zambia and a region in which all people have access to quality healthcare and enjoy the best possible health, including a life free of AIDS.”

This year we received 244 competitive applications, and after careful review have chosen 8 fellows, 1 junior fellow and 1 volunteer. Each will be attached to a designated project and have clear deliverables to accomplish. Six of the successful candidates are Zambian, 3 are from the USA and one from Australia.

Katayi Kazimbaya-Mwila MSc, BSc
Katayi has a Masters degree in Biochemistry from Rhodes University, South Africa and she will contribute her efforts to the Bill & Melinda Gates-funded Rotavirus Vaccine Effectiveness study, ROVAS.

Chishimba Katema BSc, MSc
Chishimba has a Masters degree in Molecular Biology from  Kazan State University, Russian Federation. He will be attached to the ROVAS study as a volunteer.

Njinga Kankinza MSc, BSc
Njinga has a Masters degree in Clinical Linguistics from Potsdam University, Germany and she will contribute her efforts to the Bill & Melinda Gates-funded Community ART study.

Emilie Efronson MPH, BA
Emilie has a Masters of Public Health degree in Global Health from Boston University, USA. She will also be attached to the Community ART Study.

Natasha Laban BSc
Natasha has a Bachelors degree in  Molecular Biology and Genetics from the University of Zambia and she will contribute efforts to the PEPFAR/CDC-funded HIV Integration Local Ownership (HILO) project.

Kalo Musukuma BSc
Kalo has a Bachelors degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics and is studying for her Masters degree in the same at the University of Zambia. She will contribute her efforts to the Bill & Melinda Gates-funded Better Information for Health in Zambia study.

Kelsi Mowreader BS
Kelsi has a Bachelors Degree in Public Health from Oregon State University and is studying for a Masters of Public Health in Global Heath. She will also be attached to the BetterInfo Study.

Lisa Chileshe BA
Lisa has a Bachelors degree in Psychology, Health Sciences, and Counseling from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa. Lisa joins as a Junior Fellow and she will be contributing efforts to the Better Health Outcomes Through and Mentorship (BHOMA) project.

Benjamin Usadi MPH, BA
Benjamin has a Masters degree in Epidemiology/Biostatistics from the University of California, Berkeley, will be attached to the CIDRZ Analysis Unit.

Helene  Smith MPH, BA
Helene has a Masters of Public Health degree in International Public Health from the University of Sydney, Australia. She will be attached to the TB Department and will contribute efforts to the Treatment as Prevention study.



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