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Masebo Asks Support From US CDC

Health Minister Sylvia Masebo has requested US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention to help Zambia in strengthening the analysis and utilization of data systems for HIV, Tuberculosis and other diseases.

Ms. Masebo says information is being collected using different platforms but that there is need for the data to be subjected to critical analysis.

She says there is need to involve relevant units from the Ministry of Health, National AIDS Council and Zambia National Public Health Institute as CDC conducts preliminary meetings as part of the Data health equity in order to have a unified Government-led

Ms. Masebo said this in Lusaka today, when she held discussions with US CDC Principal Deputy Director Nirav Shah on the sidelines of the International Conference on Public Health in Africa.

And Mr. Shah said Zambia’s hosting of the International Conference on Public Health in Africa is evidence that the Country has assumed its place on the world stage and as a regional leader in public health matters.

He reaffirmed US CDC’s continued partnership with Zambia in areas of HIV and Tuberculosis.

Mr. Shah said Pepfar is at the stage which calls for rethinking of the long term sustainability of the programme and the HIV and TB programmes that it supports.

Source: ZNBC