Skip to content

Programs : Brochure

This page is the brochure for your selected program. Questions? Email the appropriate Program Advisor listed below.
  • Locations: Lusaka, Zambia
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: WashU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

Centre for Infectious Disease Research Zambia (CIDRZ)

Address: Plot 34620, Off Alick Nkhata Road, Mass Media, Lusaka, Zambia
Sector of Work: Research, Infectious diseases, Epi-bio, Health Systems Strengthening, Community Development, Maternal and Child Health
Region/Country: Lusaka, Zambia

Mission: CIDRZ is an independent, local, non-governmental health organisation that has been an active partner of the Government of the Republic of Zambia through the Ministry of Health, and other Ministries since 2001. Our Mission is to improve access to quality healthcare through innovative capacity development, implementation science and research, and impactful and sustainable public health programs. CIDRZ experts utilise innovative and collaborative approaches to develop research, health services, and training initiatives with measurable results.

Description:  IDRZ has been an active partner of the Zambian Ministry of Health since inception and today our healthcare service programmes support more than 336 Government of the Republic of Zambia clinics located in all ten provinces. CIDRZ staff have played an instrumental role in the introduction and scale-up of Prevention of Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission (PMTCT) and adult and paediatric antiretroviral therapy (ART); integration of ART services into TB, Outpatient and Antenatal Clinics; introduction and expansion of innovative “See and Treat” diagnosis and treatment for cancer of the cervix; and scale-up of voluntary medical male circumcision services. CIDRZ research has contributed substantially to knowledge of improved ways to treat HIV and TB co-infected individuals, including children, and adult and perinatal HIV prevention as well as public health evaluations and strengthening health systems in the public health sector, including the Zambian Prison Services. With the generous support of many international donors, most notably the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) administered through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Zambia, CIDRZ has been able to support the delivery of lifesaving services through the public health system in collaboration with the Government of Zambia.Founded in 2001 as collaboration between the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of Zambia, School of Medicine, and the Zambian government, CIDRZ was conceived as a centre to conduct maternal-child health research in Zambia. Rather than establish stand-alone research clinics, CIDRZ was determined to conduct locally-relevant research studies within the existing health system infrastructure. Several successful grant applications followed, and to date CIDRZ has completed over 80 studies, has 40 ongoing or planned trials, and has published over 260 peer-reviewed manuscripts.

In 2011, CIDRZ was incorporated as an independent, Zambian organisation. Today, CIDRZ has over 600 staff, researchers, trainees and volunteers; affiliates with many universities; and has on-site faculty from Johns Hopkins University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and University of North Carolina. In 2013, Dr Charles Holmes former Deputy U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Chief Medical Officer and Director of the Office of Research and Science – PEPFAR, and prominent Zambian internal medicine and infectious disease physician Dr Izukanji Sikazwe took over leadership and strategic direction of CIDRZ. Since CIDRZ signed robust new Memoranda of Understanding with the Zambian Government through the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Community Development Mother and Child Health, and the Ministry of Home Affairs and launched a new strategic plan which focuses intensely on strengthening internal systems and governance controls. In 2014, CIDRZ recruited outstanding new Board members to help guide CIDRZ in our aim to become a long-term resource to Zambia, one that will create knowledge, build capacity of future health leaders and save and improve lives.

Language Requirement: English
Possible Projects: HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Women's Health, Newborn & Child Health, Healthy Systems Strengthening

Preferred Knowledge and Background: Research, Epi-bio, Participatory Development; Capacity building, System Dynamics

Cost: Students are responsible for flights, housing, potential visa fees, and living expenses. Students are required to purchase purchase WUSTL travel insurance for the duration of their practicum for $40/month.

Travel Immunizations or preventative medication is recommended and may be required for your program participation. Students are responsible for covering all associated costs. Please refer to the CDC for more information. 
Brown School Contact: Global Programs Office 

To apply and rank CIDRZ as one of your Brown School practicum choices, click here.