There are about 59 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.
Heart rate (HR) is not routinely assessed during newborn resuscitations in low- and lower-middle income countries (LMICs). Many non-breathing newborns classified as fresh stillbirths have a heartbeat and are live born. The effect of a low-cost monitor for measuring HR on the problem of misclassification of stillbirths in LMICs is unknown. Knowledge of HR during newborn resuscitation might also result in timely administration of appropriate interventions, and improvement in outcomes. Helping Babies Breathe (HBB), a resuscitation algorithm developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), is widely accepted as the standard of care for newborn resuscitation in low-resource settings. In keeping with the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) recommendations that HR be measured during newborn resuscitation, HBB calls for HR assessment after 1 minute of positive-pressure ventilation with good chest movement (or sooner if there is a helper who can palpate/auscultate heart rate). However, given the frequent reality of a single provider attending deliveries in LMICs, as well as the currently available methods for assessing HR (i.e. palpitation or auscultation), assessment of HR is challenging to perform without delaying or stopping the provision of other life-saving interventions such as bag and mask ventilation. The effect of low-cost, continuous HR monitoring to guide resuscitation in these settings is unknown. NeoBeat is a low-cost, battery-operated device designed by Laerdal Global Health for the measurement of newborn HR. The device can be placed rapidly on a newborn by a single provider, and within 5 seconds, displays HR digitally. A preliminary trial of NeoBeat in 349 non-breathing newborns in Tanzania detected a HR in 67% of newborns classified as stillbirths, suggesting up to two thirds of fresh stillbirths may be misclassified in similar settings. This trial will evaluate: 1) the effectiveness of HBB in combination with NeoBeat for vital status detection on reduction of reported stillbirths, and 2) the effectiveness of HR-guided HBB on effective breathing at 3 minutes. The primary hypothesis is that implementation of HBB with measurement of HR using NeoBeat will decrease the reported total stillbirth rate by 15% compared to standard care. The secondary hypothesis is that implementation of HR-guided HBB will increase the proportion of newborns not breathing well at birth who are effectively breathing at 3 minutes by 50% compared to HBB with NeoBeat.
Background: Ebola virus can cause serious illness or death. No medicines are approved to treat it. Researchers need to test new medicines to see if they help people recover from Ebola and are safe to give. They need to test the drugs and compare them in a controlled way. Researchers want to test 4 drugs with people who have Ebola and are in treatment centers. Objective: To study the safety and effectiveness of 4 drugs for people with Ebola virus. Eligibility: People of any age with Ebola infection who are in treatment centers Design: Participants will be screened with questions, medical history, and blood tests. Participants will be randomly assigned to get 1 of 3 study drugs: - ZMapp by IV over about 4 hours. It will be given 3 times, 3 days apart. - Remdesivir by IV over about 1 hour. It will be given once a day for 10 days. - Mab114 by IV for 30-60 minutes. It will be given 1 time. - REGN-EB3 by IV for about 2 hours. It will be given 1 time. For at least a week, participants will stay in isolation in a clinic. They will: - Get supportive care and be monitored - Have a small plastic tube (IV) put in an arm vein for several days to give fluids and collect blood. - Get their study drug. - Be monitored for disease signs and drug side effects. They may get medicines for side effects. - Have blood and urine tests. Participants will stay in the clinic until they finish the study drug and are well enough to leave. Participants will have 2 follow-up visits over 2 months. They will answer questions and give blood and semen samples.
The Global Early Adolescent Study (GEAS) is the first international study exploring how gender norms evolve over time and inform a spectrum of adolescent health outcomes, including sexual and mental health, through the adolescent years. Institutional Review Board (IRB) oversight for all instrument development was provided for the first phase of the GEAS under IRB #00005684. The present study is in reference to the second, longitudinal phase of the GEAS. This phase, like the first, will be conducted in multiple international sites. However, because the longitudinal phase will likely be paired with different interventions or approaches in the partner sites, protocol details will vary and thus IRB approval will be sought for each site separately. The present application is for conducting Phase 2 of the Global Early Adolescent Study in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In addition to conducting the study for "pure science" purposes, the GEAS will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of an intervention implemented by Save the Children.
This study evaluates the effectiveness of community delivery of sulfadoxine-pyrimetamine (SP) for intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in pregnancy (IPTp) in increasing the coverage of IPTp among pregnant women in selected districts in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Madagascar, Mozambique and Nigeria, compared to comparison districts where SP for IPTp is distributed as usual in facilities through routine antenatal care (ANC).
Many malaria deaths occur in places where people have poor access to preventive and curative health services. Prompt access to quality health services is critical in the case of severe childhood diseases, among which severe malaria is particularly frequent in endemic areas. In communities where parenteral treatment of severe malaria is not available, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends administration of a single rectal dose of artesunate (RAS) to children less than 6 years, followed by immediate referral to an appropriate facility where the full package of care for severe malaria can be provided. Many African countries have already endorsed the use of pre-referral RAS. But treatment guidelines vary widely across these countries and often do not align with the WHO recommendation. With the impending availability of quality-assured rectal artesunate (QA RAS) and countries poised to scale-up this intervention, it is critical to investigate the safe and effective implementation of RAS as part of a continuum of care for severe malaria patients. To ensure that RAS is well targeted, it is equally urgent to learn more about frequency, treatment seeking and risk factors for severe malaria at community level. The CARAMAL project has two major components: the pilot implementation of QA RAS in selected areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Nigeria and Uganda, and operational research on the introduction of QA RAS into established integrated community case management (iCCM) platforms. The CARAMAL project is funded by Unitaid and coordinated by the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI). UNICEF is responsible for QA RAS implementation. Swiss TPH in partnership with the local research organizations Akena Associates Ltd. in Nigeria, Kinshasa School of Public Health in DRC and Makerere University School of Public Health in Uganda carries out the operational research component to generate evidence for the responsible implementation of RAS. Finally, the CARAMAL project will generate a better understanding of severe febrile illness, its management at all levels and key determinants of health outcomes.
The purpose of this pilot study is to demonstrate the feasibility of adding HBV screening and treatment of pregnant women to the existing HIV PMTCT platform in order to prevent mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis B virus.
This observational cross-sectional study is investigating if young children in populations with higher prevalence of kwashiorkor malnutrition have lower dietary sulfur amino acid intake than populations with lower prevalence of kwashiorkor, controlling for multiple potential confounding factors. Intake is estimated through diet recalls during interviews with a child's caregiver, analysis of urine samples and analysis of food samples for their amino acid profiles.
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.