Dear Colleagues and Friends,
After four great years leading CIDRZ, my family and I are transitioning from Zambia back to the US. I am thrilled to announce that Dr Izukanji Sikazwe, my Deputy for the last nearly four years, has been selected as my successor as CEO by the Board of Directors.
Dr Sikazwe is an extraordinarily talented Zambian public health leader, researcher and clinician, and I could not have asked for a better partner as we worked to transform CIDRZ into a strong and independent Zambian health organisation.
I would like to express my gratitude to the immensely dedicated CIDRZ staff and Board of Directors, and the many people and partners that have provided unfailing support to our efforts at CIDRZ over the past four years. Together we have made outstanding strides in turning the tide against HIV, TB, cholera, cervical cancer, childhood diarrhoea and emerging non-communicable diseases, addressed threats to maternal newborn and child health and made preparations for fighting Ebola. Our deep partnership with the Government of the Republic of Zambia has been central to our efforts to support sustainable health systems innovation, and study new medicines and vaccines to improve health in Zambia, and it has been a privilege to work hand in hand with talented colleagues from all levels of the Ministries of Health, Community Development and Home Affairs.
I am also extraordinarily thankful for support in many forms from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mary Fisher and the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Family Foundation, Absolute Return for Kids (Ark), Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, M.A.C AIDS Fund, Comic Relief, ELMA Philanthropies, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the European Union, and the University of Zambia/University Teaching Hospital, University of California, San Francisco and Berkeley, University of Alabama-Birmingham, Johns Hopkins University, and so many other friends, collaborators, mentors, and donors who have gone above and beyond to help strengthen CIDRZ during my tenure and support our lifesaving work.
I look forward to continuing to support CIDRZ as a US-based board member and as a contributor to ongoing programs and research.
Thank you again.
Charles Holmes, MD, MPH