Strengthening Epidemiology and Strategic Information in the Republic of Zimbabwe under PEPFAR

Tiffany Harris, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Columbia ICAP

ICAP is providing technical assistance to strengthen epidemiology and strategic information (SI) to inform evidence-based HIV programs and policy. Activities aim to support the Zimbabwe Ministry of Health and Child Care (MOHCC)to plan and coordinate SI activities, improve monitoring and evaluation, and enhance surveillance systems to characterize the HIV epidemic and effectiveness of the response. The scope of work also includes strengthening human resources to support country ownership of sustainable SI activities. Under the overarching scope of work of this project, ICAP will support the COVID-19 relate contact tracing and surveillance. ICAP in Zimbabwe developers are assisting in development of appropriate electronic tools in the electronic health record (EHR), including the ability to link COVID-19 lab results with the EHR. The MOHCC is concurrently moving to reallocate electronics previously procured to support COVID-19 related data capture at ICAP supported sites.