In an effort to ensuring improved access to quality healthcare in Zambia, the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) with support from the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and in partnership with the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) partnered with Zambia Airport Corporation Limited (ZACL) to provide services during the Corporation’s 2018 World AIDS Day commemoration held at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport.
During the celebrations, 147 Airport employees, Airport community and passengers, were reached with different services such as general sensitization on HIV, cervical cancer, male circumcision and tuberculosis with 31 of those testing for HIV.
ZACL Senior Human Resource Officer under Industrial Relations, Job Mapachi said partnering with different health organisations to offer health services increases the productivity of workers, “we thought of bringing different health providers to provide health services and give health check-ups to our employees as some are too busy to go to the clinic but through this initiative, it helps them access these medical services at their convenience as we believe that a healthy employee is a productive employee.”
He added, “the company previously concentrated on HIV and AIDS but later realised that employees had different conditions hence bringing different health services provides employees with access to other services like tuberculosis screening, cervical cancer screening and information on male circumcision among others”.
With this year’s World AIDS Day commemorations being celebrated under the theme, ‘Run the last mile, leaving no one behind’, CIDRZ has been working with different stakeholders to promote good health seeking behavior through provision of health services at workplaces.
CIDRZ provided information on cervical cancer; voluntary medical male circumcision, and on pre and post exposure prophylaxis. In addition, CIDRZ also conducted rapid testing for HIV, provided HIV self-testing, and screened cervical cancer and TB.