The CIDRZ Foundation (pronounced “ciders”) began in 2006 to provide support to individuals and organizations fighting diseases in Africa. The foundation recognizes that success in treating and preventing disease, especially among women, requires ongoing funding for research, treatment and training.
The CIDRZ Foundation supports the building of clinics in rural Zambia; funds pediatric AIDS treatment programs and research into cervical cancer; and provides assistance for training of peer educators, nurses, and clinical officers. The CIDRZ Foundation also facilitates donations of pharmaceuticals, personal care products and other gifts-in-kind, and has supported community-based income-generation programs to help women establish and grow small businesses.
Center for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia
The CIDRZ Foundation is a primary supporter of the Center for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia, which began work in 1997 in response to the global HIV/AIDS crisis. The doctors who founded CIDRZ were pioneers in focusing on this disease in women, developing one of the first programs to prevent mother-to-child transmission of the disease. CIDRZ has now tested more than 1 million pregnant women and treated those who are infected, as well as their babies.
Today, CIDRZ continues to build on its remarkable heritage of internationally recognized research, as well as providing medical treatment for prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS, cervical and other cancers, TB, malaria, and diseases impacting women.