The second SEARCH project meeting was held on February 22nd 2016 at the Southern Sun hotel in Lusaka. The event organised by Dr Patrick Musonda and his team from the University of Zambia School of Public Health brought together over 50 delegates from the various stakeholders associated with the SEARCH project in Zambia. Attendees came from the Zambian Ministry of Health, the Zambian office of the US Centre for Disease Control (CDC) , the University of Zambia Teaching Hospital (UTH) , ZAMBART and the University of Zambia School of Public Health. The meeting was launched with excellent presentations from Professor Charles Michelo and Dr Alwyn Mwinga which emphasised the importance of data sharing and the development of skills in data analysis in order to effectively develop health programmes. The SEARCH project was introduced by its Principal Investigator Dr Jim Todd who also presented formative research carried out in Tanzania on how HIV related clinical data was collected and used in the country. There were presentations from the Zambian SEARCH fellows , Tendai Munthali, Brian Muyunda , Aggrey Mwemba and Seh Gumede who is associated with the project. Each of these presentations introduced their individual research plans and described results from analytical work carried out so far. Dr Paul Mee from LSHTM introduced results from an analysis he has been carrying out of the HIV treatment cascade in Tanzania.
Thanks must go to Dr Musonda and his team for their excellent organisation of the event.
Dr Jim Todd presents at the SEARCH research meeting
Tendai Munthali Zambian SEARCH fellow speaking at the meeting
Brian Muyunda Zambian SEARCH fellow presents his work on the PMTCT cascade
Seh Gumede presents her review of PMTCT research
Delegates at the meeting