Lusaka, Zambia

Site Institutions
Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ)

US Institution
Yale University School of Public Health

U.S. Mentor

Reception for Sten Vermund, Chancellor's Lecture Photographer: Mary Donaldson
Sten. H.Vermund, MD, PhD
Dean, School of Public Health, Yale University

Local Mentors


Izukanji Sikazwe MBChB,  MPH
Chief Executive Officer CIDRZI



Research Focus
Infectious diseases, HIV, health systems

Site and Background
Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) was established in 2001, as a field office for a U.S.-based university. CIDRZ has since evolved into a successful and independent non-profit local organization in Zambia supporting the Ministry of Health in the provision of quality health services.CIDRZ offers a wealth of expertise and infrastructure gained from over a decade of experience in identifying locally-relevant, culturally-acceptable research from implementation science grounded from our work in implementing PEPFAR/CDC HIV programs across four provinces in Zambia and as part of a wide network of multi centre, international clinical trial networks including the U.S. NIH (AlabamaClinicalTrials Unit  IMPAACT and HIV Vaccine Trials Network) and the Global Alliance for TB DrugDevelopment.CIDRZ has over 40 active grants and is funded to support both program implementation and research inHIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment, tuberculosis diagnosis, treatment and control, hepatitis,women’s health, family planning and reproductive cancer screening, newborn and child health, primary health/health systems strengthening including the correctional (prison) system, and community outreach. Programs span across all ten Zambian provinces, with the bulk of our work focused in Lusaka,Western, Southern and Eastern provinces. This geographic and thematic diversity provides trainees an are opportunity to partake in research across a wide range of topics and access distinct populations with different healthcare needs and opportunities.