The University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, founded in 1974, is with more than 1600 beds the biggest hospital in Zambia and receives patients from the across region. The HIV clinic at the hospital is primarily funded by PEPFAR and the Government of the Republic of Zambia. There are currently more than 25 members of staff and volunteers working at the HIV clinic.
The HIV clinic treats exclusively HIV patients. As of the 1st of January 2011, there were approximately 10800 HIV positive patients on follow-up in this clinic, of whom approximately 1000 patients are currently on first-line treatment, and approximately 100 patients have been started on second-line therapy.
The site is very experienced in clinical research and has participated in numerous trials including the TB trial REMOX, a TB HAART trial, a TB Diagnostics trial, CEMART, a cervical cancer trial and studies in PMTCT. The key EARNEST site personnel are Dr Peter Mwaba (PI), Dr Shabir Lakhi (Co-PI) and Dr Aggrey Mweemba (Trial manager) and these are ably supported by a comprehensive and enthusiastic team including Dr Lloyd Mulenga (Trial Doctor), Dr Praveen Allipali (Trial Doctor), Evelyn Mwamba (Trial Nurse), Judith Malama (Trial nurse), Joy Kipaila (Trial nurse), Enock Chikatula (Trial pharmacist), Mbita Namfukwe (Data Manager), Wilbrod Mufwambi (Dispensing pharmacist) and Patrick Mboloma (patient Locator/counsellor).