Irum F. Zaidi, M.P.H., Deputy Coordinator for Program Results and Impact Monitoring for Epidemic Control

Date: 05/12/2015 Description: Irum Zaidi © Courtesy of Irum Zaidi
Irum F. Zaidi serves as Deputy Coordinator for Program Results and Impact Monitoring for Epidemic Control (PRIME) at the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy (S/GAC), which leads and coordinates the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).


An epidemiologist by training, Zaidi has been part of the S/GAC leadership team working on PEPFAR’s global HIV/AIDS efforts for more than two years. She has devoted her career to HIV/AIDS for the past 18 years, implementing innovative health information systems. She has also led the data revolution for epidemic control and is recognized for her focus on setting goals and targets.


As part of a team, Zaidi designed, implemented, and analyzed surveys and surveillance for a deeper dive into the facts and figures surrounding key populations, defined as men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, sex workers, transgender persons, and prisoners. She applied site-level monitoring for PEPFAR across 36 countries and regions, emphasizing data visualization and use for impact.


In 2015, Zaidi received the U.S. Department of State’s Meritorious Honor Award for creating a revolutionary approach to utilize programmatic, financial, and epidemiological data that helps inform how and where PEPFAR should invest its resources. She participated in the redesign of PEPFAR’s Country Operational Plan and helped foster a renewed interest in using all data to its fullest potential for improved decision-making and enhanced program focus.


Before joining S/GAC, Zaidi worked at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as an epidemiologist in numerous capacities. She served as a Strategic Information Advisor for PEPFAR countries while working in the Division of Global HIV and Tuberculosis. She also served as Team Lead for the Clinical Surveillance team. In addition, Zaidi played a key role in CDC’s Domestic HIV/AIDS Program as the Acting Team Supervisor for Research and Dissemination. Zaidi was the recipient of numerous awards during her time with CDC.


Zaidi graduated from Emory University with a Master of Public Health in international health and epidemiology and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. Zaidi has worked in more than 30 countries across Africa, the Caribbean, and Asia.