Welcome to the first edition of the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) newsletter
CIDRZ is the largest independent, non-profit healthcare research organisation in Zambia and was established in 2001. We have been working closely with the Government of the Republic of Zambia through the Ministry of Health and other line ministries, supporting Government’s efforts to provide high quality, complementary, and integrated healthcare services within the public health system.
In line with our mission – to improve access to quality healthcare in Zambia through innovative capacity development, exceptional implementation science and research, and impactful and sustainable public health programmes – we provide HIV prevention, care and treatment support to 585 health facilities in 30 districts of the four provinces we operate in i.e. Lusaka, Eastern, Western and Southern provinces.
We started this Financial Year 2018 on a high note:
- The launch of the Lusaka Surge “Tiyende Pamodzi” Campaign on 11th December, 2017 by the Republican President Edgar Lungu, meant we needed to align our activities to contribute to this strategy by the Ministry of Health, and United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in Zambia to achieve HIV epidemic control in Lusaka Province over a 12 months’ period,
- We rolled out E-First in some of our supported sites to improve patient data management. This means we are slowly doing away with paper based filing. We are still learning lessons from this process but indicative results show that the system is working well,
- In a bid to identify and put more people on treatment and care, we introduced Index Testing and Partner Notification. Through this strategy, we hope to break the chain of HIV transmission by offering HIV testing services to persons who have been exposed to HIV and link them to HIV treatment, if tested positive; or prevention services if negative,
- We also introduced differentiated service delivery models for our clients who are on ART. We believe this will address the challenges we have had with adherence to treatment and retention to care.
You will read more about all these and other stories in this edition, including the impact of our work: both at national and international level, and how this is transforming the lives of communities we are supporting.
With this, our newsletter provides an insight of how we have collaborated with our donors, key partners and other stakeholders to provide quality health care services to the Zambian people. I hope you find it an interesting read.
Izukanji Sikazwe, MBChB, MPH
Director and CEO