There are about 49 clinical studies being (or have been) conducted in Congo, The Democratic Republic of the. The country of the clinical trial is determined by the location of where the clinical research is being studied. Most studies are often held in multiple locations & countries.
The aim of the study is to evaluate a health workforce capacity building and quality improvement intervention focused on integrated day-of-birth and post-pregnancy care at 16 hospitals in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. The intervention package consists of a low-dose, high-frequency (LDHF) training of health workers, support for quality improvement teams, and provision of critical equipment, supplies and drugs within a quality improvement (QI) framework.
The study determines the diagnostic performance and cost of rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) performed on human African trypanosomiasis clinical suspects in peripheral health centres, whether or not followed by serological and/or molecular tests on dried blood spots done at regional reference centres
Recent advances in molecular diagnostics of tuberculosis, especially the GeneXpert Mycobacterium tuberculosis/Rifampicin test have reduced the time to diagnose Rifampicin Resistant Tuberculosis (RR-TB) but only rifampicin resistance is diagnosed, leading to presumptive diagnosis of resistance to isoniazid and maybe other drugs. Thus in low and middle income countries, most drug sensitivity testing relies on phenotypic drug resistance testing, which takes up to 4 months. In addition, currently, culture on monthly sputum samples is recommended by the World Health Organization for follow-up of Rifampicin Resistant Tuberculosis patients under treatment. Unfortunately, culture is often not locally available and samples need to be transported from field to culture laboratories. The associated transport delays lead to high rates of contamination and false negative culture, particularly in laboratories in low resource settings. Many gaps for the diagnosis and management of RR-TB patients still need to be addressed and the DIAMA project (DIAgnostics for Multidrug resistant tuberculosis in Africa) study aims to address some of them.
Despite the mass distribution of LLINs (long-lasting insecticidal nets) as a Malaria control strategy, populations are still continuously exposed to a high frequency of malarial inoculation in some countries. The situation can be explained by a swift increase in the resistance of Anopheles to common insecticides. To preserve the gains of insecticides and improve their effectiveness, a new generation of bednets treated with piperonyl butoxide combination insectides have emerged.But more evidence is needed to plead for scale up of their usage. The lack of information relating to the additional impact of that combination on the transmission of Malaria, its relative efficacy in real-life setting and its safety in users are the rationale for more investigation.This will be a randomized controlled study on a dynamic cohort of households with 1680, 0-10 years-old subjects in 30 villages will be recruited to compute the effectiveness of this new tool. The findings will be useful information for decision-making by national malaria control programs, their partners, the international community and the bednet manufacturers with regard to the effectiveness of the new combination of insecticides in real-life context. The results will also enable a better design of the tool in the future and a broader understanding of long-term dynamics for sustainability, as well as identification of some factors with negative impacts on the benefits of the strategy.
Pneumonia is a major cause of illness in young children. The investigators are developing and testing a new thermometer like device called Multimometer, to measure the respiration rate (RR), temperature, heart rate (HR) and the degree of blood oxygenation (SpO2) of children who may suffer from pneumonia. These are called vital signs and their measurements greatly help to diagnose pneumonia. In the first part of the study, and in order to optimize and better align the size of the device with the face, the investigators will measure the average size and dimensions of young children's face. In the second part of the study, the investigators will compare the vital signs measurements with measurements obtained by other commonly used devices in ill children who are suspected to suffer from pneumonia.
FEVRIER study is an observatory of hospitalizations in cardiology units in sub-Saharan Africa.
The study is to be performed in public health facilities in Central and West Africa where Pyramax will be used as treatment of uncomplicated malaria episodes, including repeat episodes. The study is to assess the safety of Pyramax, particularly in patients with underlying liver function abnormalities, in patients who have co-morbid conditions, such as HIV, and also in very small children (<1 year of age).
Investigators will implement a novel cassava processing method (wetting method, WTM) that safely removes cyanogenic compounds from cassava flour prior to human consumption in a stratified village-cluster randomized non-inferiority trial so as to compare the effectiveness of a peer-led intervention (women training other women in the WTM) with that by community-health worker specialists.
The CADRE study is a multinational observational cohort of patients with sickle-cell disease (SCD) in five west and central sub-Saharan African countries. The aim of this project is to describe the incidence and assess the predictive factors of SCD-related micro- and macro-vascular complications in sub-Saharan Africa.
The study validates the diagnostic performance of cerebrospinal fluid neopterin quantification and of blood and cerebrospinal fluid trypanosomal spliced leader RNA detection for assessing outcome after treatment of human African trypanosomiasis.