HIV/AIDS Assets and Strategic Focus
The CDC HIV/AIDS office in Zambia was launched in December 2000. Since then, CDC has worked with the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) ministries and provincial health offices to support the national strategy to combat HIV/AIDS. Twenty-two of over 50 cooperative agreements have been awarded to the GRZ and parastatal organizations. Program efforts continue to focus on preventing HIV infection and eliminating mother to child transmission; treatment and care of those infected with HIV and/or TB; increasing national laboratory capacity; and implementation science in HIV prevention, care, and treatment.
Strengthening health systems and workforce
CDC provides technical leadership to the Ministry of Health to strengthen epidemiology, surveillance, laboratory, and workforce capacity - essential components for strong, sustainable public health systems. The CDC also supports various international universities that are providing technical assistance to the University of Zambia and the University Teaching Hospital to improve and increase academic and clinical training programs.
SmartCare, the largest Electronic Health Record (EHR) system in Africa, was designed in Zambia to fit MOH requirements and the Africa infrastructure. It enables ‘Continuity of Care’ between basic clinics by using touch screens and smart cards to address data capture barriers, service integration, and continuity when the Internet is not assured. In 2006, the MOH endorsed SmartCare as the national EHR. In Zambia SC links >500 MOH facilities, helping integrate services for >250,000 HIV+ persons, in addition to the general population.
CDC is contributing to the elimination of mother to child HIV transmission and congenital syphilis through support for the national PMTCT program in 4 provinces. With national coverage of testing of 87% of pregnant women