The National Management Steering Committee that is mandated to supervise the performance of the two Africa Centres of Excellence in Zambia met to assess their operations from 6th to 7th August 2020 at Twangale Park in Lusaka. The said Committee is headed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Higher Education, Mrs. Kayula Siame. The two Centres are Africa Centre of Excellence for Infectious Diseases of Humans and Animals (ACEIDHA) at the University of Zambia and the Africa Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Mining (CBU-ACESM) at the Copperbelt University.
On the first day of the review, Mrs. Siame and her team visited laboratories supported and used by ACEIDHA postgraduate students in the School of Veterinary Medicine. This was followed by a preliminary presentation by ACEIDHA Centre Leader, Prof Bernard Hang’ombe.
On the second day, the Committee sat to review performance reports of ACEIDHA and CBU-ACESM. Thereafter, the National Management Steering Committee provided guidance and recommendation of the way forward for the two ACEs.