Infection Control Association of Zimbabwe

Full Name of Society

Infection Control Association of Zimbabwe (ICAZ)

Country of Origin

Zimbabwe

Chairperson / President

Phyllis Manungo

Description of Society

The first interim Executive was established in 1993 by a group of health professionals who were interested in supporting the development of infection control in Zimbabwe. The launch which was officiated by the then Minister of Health and Child Welfare followed in 1993. Several activities covering meetings, workshops, trainings, discussion groups on topical issues, policy formulation etc took place until 2001 when the Association faced viability problems due to the exodus of pioneers. The Association was revived in February 2011 and an interim executive committee was set up. The Association in partnership with the Biomedical Research and Training Institute and Management Sciences for Health in implementing the PEPFAR funded Zimbabwe Infection Prevention and Control Project (October 2011 – September 2016). ICAZ contributed immensely towards the production of the National IPC Guidelines (2013 and the National IPC Policy (2015) all signed by the Permanent Secretary for Health and Child Care. The consortium received further funding from PEPFAR through CDC to implement Healthcare Associated Tuberculosis Infection Prevention Project Zimbabwe (Oct 2016 – September 2019). The Association successfully hosted the 5th Infection Control Africa Network Conference in 2014 (Harare-Zimbabwe) In addition ICAZ participated towards the introduction of the Post Graduate Diploma in Infection Prevention and Control at Bindura University of Science Education (First group graduated in November 2020). At National level the Association is the Deputy Secretariat to the National Infection Prevention and Control Committee and Co-Chair of the IPC Pilar within the Ministry’s COVID-19 Response activities. The Association is currently strengthening IPC systems within the MoHCC with funding from Resolve to Save Lives. The first phase was successfully completed in January 2021 and second phase is under implementation (March 2021 – January 2022).

 The Association is a legal entity having registered as a Trust in 2014 and has a multi-disciplinary membership totalling 380 from across the country’s ten provinces.

Functions and Roles

Organise training programmes (conferences, workshops, lectures, discussion group meetings, continuous medical education days). The Association collaborates with other partners in commemorating health days.  

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