The Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) was founded in 2001 in Birmingham, Alabama as a collaborative, non-profit organization between the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of Zambia School of Medicine and the Zambian government. CIDRZ collaborators envisioned having the ability to conduct maternal-child research within the existing Zambian infrastructure. Through subsequent large scale programs supported predominantly by the Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) initiative, CIDRZ supported researchers and staff have facilitated supportive health programs within 336 clinics across ten provinces in Zambia to scale-up health efforts in the areas of Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT), adult and pediatric HIV/AIDS antenatal care, and medical male circumcision initiatives and other programs.  For more information on the history of CIDRZ, please click here (CIDRZ).

CIDRZ provides an opportunity for early and mid-career public health professionals to receive health practice training by way of the CIDRZ HealthCorps Health Research Training Fellowship. CIDRZ Fellows gain hands-on experience in programme and data management, analysis, and development in the areas of professional presentations and manuscripts. You can view additional details in relation to the CIDRZ HealthCorps Health Research Training Fellowship here (hyperlink). The Sparkman Center for Global Health has co-sponsored two UAB Sparkman-CIDRZ Zambian HealthCorps fellows for the 2017-2018 year: Ms. Mbaita Shawa and Dr. Chileshe Mabula. Enquiries about the CIDRZ Health Corps Fellowship can be sent here: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For additional information on Ms. Shawa and Dr. Mabula, please read below: 

 

Mbaita holds an MPH degree with a concentration in Global Health from Simon Fraser University, Canada.  She previously worked at the Zambia Center for Applied Health Research and Development (ZCAHRD), on an Early-Childhood Development project. Mbaita applied to be a UAB Sparkman Centre CIDRZ HealthCorps Fellow because she has ‘always admired and been inspired by the CIDRZ work in Zambia’. While at CIDRZ, Mbaita will be working with the social qualitative research team and will be supervised by Dr Roma Chilengi and Jenala Chipungu.

Mbaita Shawa Zambia CIDRZ

Mbaita holds an MPH degree with a concentration in Global Health from Simon Fraser University, Canada.  She previously worked at the Zambia Center for Applied Health Research and Development (ZCAHRD), on an Early-Childhood Development project. Mbaita applied to be a UAB Sparkman Centre CIDRZ HealthCorps Fellow because she has ‘always admired and been inspired by the CIDRZ work in Zambia’. While at CIDRZ, Mbaita will be working with the social qualitative research team and will be supervised by Dr Roma Chilengi and Jenala Chipungu.

 

Chileshe Mabula Zambia CIDRZ

Dr Mabula holds a BA in Human Development from the University of California, San Diego, and a Medical Degree from The University of Zambia. Dr Mabula gained research experience when she worked in labs and on studies in San Diego and Lusaka; implemented a successful intervention for adolescents living with HIV in Eastern Province; and worked as a Medical Officer in Chipata where she developed a keen interest in improving patient engagement and access to care. As a UAB Sparkman Centre CIDRZ HealthCorps Fellow she will be attached to the Clinical Trials Team and supervised by Dr Roma Chilengi.