Updated: Aug 29, 2019
ZAMPHIA 2020 Laboratory Advisor Mr. Lovemore Kaetano is a biomedical scientist with over 35 years of experience in his field.
In an interview with ZAMPHIA 2020 media team, Lovermore explained that he is responsible for overseeing all Lab activities at Satellite and in the Field.
“In summary, my role includes overseeing sample collection, testing, transportation, and storage of high-quality biologic specimen to measure specific HIV seroprevalence, HIV and other biomarkers for the project. I am also responsible for planning the training of all staff that will be engaged in the lab operations” Lovermore explained.
Having worked in a similar role in the previous ZAMPHIA study, Lovermore expressed optimism that the ZAMPHIA 2020 was going to be successful because the implementing team was comprised of highly qualified staff.
He also added that the reduction in sample size and improvements in logistics handling will add to the success of the project.
Lovemore noted that one of the key challenges faced in the previous ZAMPHIA study was poor communication and inadequate transport adding that he was keen to see improvements in these areas.
The University of Maryland Baltimore with funding from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will conduct the Zambia National Population HIV Impact Assessment (ZAMPHIA 2020).
ZAMPHIA 2020 will assess progress towards the achievement of the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets on national and subnational levels. The data will be used to focus HIV services and resources to the areas of greatest need and help move Zambia closer to HIV epidemic control.