It’s a great pleasure to welcome you to CIDRZ, and to our new website. I joined the organisation as Director nearly a year ago, and have enjoyed being welcomed not only into CIDRZ, but also into the vibrant healthcare and research community here in Zambia.
Being part of a mission-driven organisation is special, and I think it drives the dedication that I witness every day among our over 1000 staff, researchers, trainees and volunteers.
This talented community is with us because they want to tangibly improve the health of Zambians. We are collectively able to deliver on that aim through our support for innovative health services delivery within the local public health infrastructure and in close collaboration with the Government and donors, locally relevant research, and training programs for the next generation of researchers, healthcare providers and public health specialists.
During my year with the organisation, we have focused on strengthening our core capacity to function as a newly independent Zambian organisation, while continuing to innovate and deliver on our programmatic and research missions. Through key staff hires, additional training, and investments in business intelligence systems, we’ve grown the effectiveness of our financial and human resources management, internal audit, laboratory services, and numerous other areas.
With broad input from our Government colleagues, clients, staff and donors, we launched a new three-year strategic plan that we think will allow CIDRZ to become even more productive and impactful – all of this is done with the intent of creating a long-term resource to the country of Zambia, that will create knowledge, build capacity of future health leaders and save and improve more lives.
Thank you again for your interest in CIDRZ. We welcome you to be in touch with us – we are always looking for new partnerships and collaborations that will allow us to further our mission here in Zambia.
Charles B. Holmes, MD, MPH