Right to Care / The Zambian Center for Applied Health Research and Development, Ltd.


Right to Care, formerly, The Zambian Center for Applied Health Research and Development, Ltd. (ZCAHRD) is a registered non-governmental organization based in Lusaka, Zambia, and is a collaboration with Boston University. ZCAHRD’s areas of technical expertise include research on HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment; malaria prevention and treatment; health economics; maternal, newborn, and child health; mental health; orphans and vulnerable children; and monitoring and evaluation of public health programs. ZCAHRD’s goal is to generate evidence to support health policy decisions that will improve public health and well-being in Zambia. Major recent and/or active programs include a BMGF-funded cluster randomized trial that compared dry cord care to topical chlorhexidine for the prevention of neonatal mortality and omphalitis; a CDC-funded BU Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission Integration Project; and a BMGF-funded Southern Africa Maternal Infant Pertussis Study detecting the burden of pertussis disease in young infants. ZCAHRD works closely with the University Teaching Hospital at the University of Zambia Medical School which has shared ties with the Harvard Chan School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center since 2006 including research efforts focused on neurological complications associated with HIV/AIDS.

The Site Director

Dr. David HamerDr. David Hamer, Professor of Global Health and Medicine at the Boston University School of Public Health

Davidson Hamer, MD, FACP, FIDSA, is a Professor of Global Health and Medicine at the Boston University School of Public Health and School of Medicine, and Adjunct Professor of Nutrition at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Dr. Hamer is a board-certified specialist in infectious diseases, with a particular interest in tropical infectious diseases, and has twenty years of field experience in neonatal and child survival research including studies of micronutrient interventions, maternal and neonatal health, malaria, pneumonia, and diarrheal diseases.

Site Mentors:

Lawrence MwananyandaLawrence Mwananyanda, Research Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Public Health

Lawrence Mwananyanda, MD, MPH is a public health professional with 15 years of experience in project development, implementation, and management. A medical doctor, he has a background in epidemiology and vaccinology, focused on HIV/AIDS and Malaria prevention and treatment.

Geoffrey Kwenda
Head, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Zambia School of Medicine

Omar Siddiqi
Assistant Professor Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Lecturer II, University of Zambia School of Medicine

James Chipeta
Associate Professor of Paediatrics & Clinical Immunology & Assistant Dean (Research), University of Zambia School of Medicine

Professor Chipeta’s research interests and focus is primarily on paediatric immunology with emphasis on host cellular/ humoral immunity, autoimmunity and immunogenetics. His current research includes work on the aforementioned focus with regard to both paediatrics infectious (malaria, schistosomiasis, pneumonia and Measles) and non-infectious (Juvenile idiopathic arthritis and PIDs) diseases.