Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary, Dr. Kennedy Malama, has reaffirmed his Ministry’s commitment to ensuring the success of the ZAMPHIA 2020 survey.

He said this during the official launch of the ZAMPHIA 2020 Central Level Training (CLT) for Field Implementation at Mika convention center in Chongwe District.

In a speech delivered on his behalf by Professor Lloyd Mulenga, Ministry of Health National Coordinator for HIV Treatment and Care, who is also the ZAMPHIA 2020 Principal Investigator, Dr. Malama said that the ministry was grateful for the support received from Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB).

He also commended the Zambia Statistics Agency (ZAMSTATS) for the their support and for taking a leadership role in the survey.

“At the end of the survey, we want to know the number of people who have tested for HIV, how many people are on treatment and how many people have their viral load suppressed.” Dr. Malama said.

He encouraged all the participants to take the training seriously. He added that the training will equip the participants with the skills and knowledge required for field implementation of the survey.

“The quality of data you collect will authenticate the survey results.” Dr. Malama emphasized.

Speaking at the same occasion, CDC principal investigator, Megan Bronson extended her gratitude to the Government of Zambia through Ministry of Health for their support.

“This survey would not have been possible without the participation of key stakeholders such as Ministry of Health, Zambia Statistics Agency, Tropical Disease Research Center and the University Teaching Hospital.” Megan remarked.

The training is expected to run till the 6th of February with a pilot exercise commencing on the 7th to the 11th of February 2020. Over 200 participants are attending the training.

The Zambia Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (ZAMPHIA) is a nationwide survey being implemented by the University of Maryland Baltimore in collaboration with Ministry of Health with support from The President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through CDC.

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