CIDRZ runs a state-of-the-art medical and research diagnostic laboratory in the Kalingalinga area of Lusaka. The laboratory supports commercial, research, and service projects by performing a range of assays of the following disciplines:
Microbiology, including tuberculosis
HIV viral load monitoring
Molecular biology diagnostics
Our high volume laboratory services much of Lusaka Province, with tens of thousands of tests performed per month. Specimen processing and testing is performed by highly trained laboratory staff using high-tech instruments.
The CIDRZ laboratory is the primary laboratory for most of Lusaka province and it serves as a reference laboratory for molecular diagnosis [HIV, DNA, PCR and viral load testing] for Eastern and Western provinces. Each work day, from 8:00am to 5:00pm, specimens and results are delivered throughout the region via a comprehensive transportation network. Because of the magnitude of samples we handle per day, we utilize an electronic laboratory information management system that records specimen results, interfaces directly with our high quality high-throughput instruments and can be accessed remotely via web.
We pride ourselves on the high quality testing that we offer to Zambians.
The laboratory is registered and certified by the Health Professions Council of Zambia to provide diagnostic services in the country and is audited by the Division of AIDS (U.S. National Institutes of Health) annually. We are enrolled in various External Quality Assurance (EQA) schemes such as United Kingdom External Quality Assessment Service (UK NEQAS), Accutest, Thistle, and The College of American Pathologists (CAP) and our performance is routinely reviewed at international standards.