There are about 19 clinical studies being (or have been) conducted in Lesotho. 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.
This evaluation will be conducted in ten countries involved in the Catalyzing Pediatric TB Innovation (CaP-TB) project: Cameroon, Cote D'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe and India. The CaP-TB project is a project designed to use innovative methods and capacity building to strengthen the health systems of developing countries in terms of pediatric TB case detection, early accurate diagnosis and effective treatment. This project is funded by Unitaid and is implemented by Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. EGPAF proposes to evaluate the implementation of CaP-TB in up to 450 sites in ten participating countries. This evaluation will assess the effects of CaP-TB innovative interventions on selected service delivery outcomes as compared to routine TB program in a sub-set of project sites in the ten countries.
endTB-Q Clinical Trial is a Phase III, randomized, controlled, open-label, non-inferiority, multi-country trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of two new, all-oral, shortened regimens for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) with fluoroquinolone resistance.
This cluster-randomized trial tests a differentiated care model for HIV-positive individuals not on ART during a home-based HIV testing campaign in rural Lesotho, Southern Africa. In intervention clusters, patients are offered a differentiated ART delivery package with two features. Firstly, drug-refill and follow-up are provided by village health workers (VHW), reducing clinic visits to twice a year for laboratory assessment. Secondly, participants have the option of receiving individually tailored adherence reminders and viral load result notifications via SMS.
This cluster-randomized trial aims to evaluate the efficacy of the use of oral HIV self-testing (HIVST) among individuals who are absent or who decline HIV testing during home-based HIV testing
The PROvide MIner-friendly SErvices for Integrated TB/HIV Care (PROMISE) study will assess the effectiveness, feasibility, and acceptability of integrated tuberculosis (TB)/HIV services provided in miner-friendly service venues in Lesotho that address barriers to early HIV diagnosis and antiretroviral therapy (ART) initiation, concurrent isoniazid preventive therapy (IPT), and retention in HIV care for migrant miners and their families in the context of President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) programming. The study will evaluate family-focused, integrated TB/HIV services for Basotho migrant miners and family members provided six days per week in miner-friendly service venues (MF), compared to public sector health facilities (PS), which will deliver usual integrated care for the management of TB and HIV. The ultimate goals of the project are to 1) improve health outcomes among migrant miners and their families, a hard-to-reach population that represents a hotspot of TB/HIV transmission, in Lesotho and in PEPFAR programs more broadly; and 2) strengthen the implementation science research capacity of national and local institutions.
The aim of this study is to evalulate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of three models of ART provision for stable ART patients. The objectives are to measure patient retention, virological suppression, provider and patient costs, cost-effectiveness, and patient acceptability amongst stable patients who receive ART at intervals of three and six months within community distribution models, and to compare these to patients who receive ART directly from the clinic at three month intervals. Methods A prospective, parallel, cluster-randomized non-inferiority trial with three study arms will be conducted. 30 Clusters (sites) will be randomized in strata according to geographic location (urban and rural) to the 3 study arms as follows: - Control arm: sites at which patients will receive three monthly ART supply at the facility (arm 3MF). - Intervention arm 1: sites at which patients will receive three monthly ART supply in CAGs (arm 3MC) - Intervention arm 2: sites at which patients will receive six monthly ART supply in the community by a healthcare worker (arm 6MCD). The study population will consist of stable, HIV-infected adults who have received first-line ART for at least six months, who have a viral load <1000 copies/ml at baseline, and who provide informed consent for inclusion in the study. An average of 192 participants from each study site will be included, with a total sample size of approximately 5760 participants. The primary outcome is retention in care defined as the proportion of patients remaining in care 12 months after study enrolment, with the hypothesis that patient retention within the intervention arms will be non-inferior compared to the control arm. Retention in care will also be compared between the three arms after 24 months. The secondary outcomes are: - Viral suppression: defined as the proportion of patients with virological suppression (<1000 copies/ml) 12 and 24 months after study enrolment; - Cost of providing ART: defined as the cost per patient of providing ART in each of the three arms (from a provider perspective); - Cost of retaining a patient: defined as the provider cost per patient retained and provider cost per patient retained with virological suppression in each of the three arms, and the incremental cost-effectiveness ratio for the comparative arms.
This observational study will examine the safety and efficacy of bedaquiline and delamanid used (individually, not together) in routine, multidrug regimens for treatment of MDR-TB. The information gathered in this study will inform doctors how best to use these TB drugs in the future.
In the era of test-and-treat, with anticipated high numbers of patients who will have unsuppressed viral load (VL) due to poor adherence, simple, short and standardized adherence interventions with documented efficacy will be needed. Achieving re-suppression in patients with unsuppressed VL is beneficial for the health of the individual, important to reduce the risk of transmission and has a direct cost implication because patients with sustained unsuppressed VL will ultimately be switched to more expensive 2nd-line regimens. Information is still largely lacking on how to best address adherence problems among patients with unsuppressed VL. VL monitoring is recognized as a useful tool to reinforce adherence in patients with unsuppressed VL. The Lesotho Guidelines recommend redoing a VL 8-12 weeks after the first enhanced adherence counselling. To date no study has been published clearly demonstrating higher re-suppression rates after enhanced adherence counselling for patients with unsuppressed VL. This project aims to test an adherence intervention for HIV-positive individuals on first-line ART who have an unsuppressed viral load. A step wedged study will be used to compare the effectiveness of a short, standardized adherence counselling followed by an SMS reminder to the standard of care (≥ 2 unstructured adherence counselling sessions) in terms of viral re-suppression rates and switches to 2nd line ART.
This trial addresses the question of the viral load (VL) threshold for switching from first-line to second-line antiretroviral therapy (ART). The WHO currently sets the threshold at 1000 copies/mL. However, the optimal threshold for defining virological failure and the need to switch ART regimen has not been determined. In fact, people with VL levels of less than 1000 copies/mL, however, not fully suppressed, are at increased risk for drug resistance mutations (DRM) and subsequent virological failure. In resource-limited settings where VL monitoring is not as frequent as in high-income countries, this could have serious implications and patients may continue on a failing regimen for a long period. Our research consortium will conduct a multicenter, parallel-group, open-label, randomized clinical trial in a resource-limited setting to assess whether a threshold of 100 copies/mL compared to the WHO-defined threshold of 1000 copies/mL for switching to second-line ART among unsuppressed HIV-positive patients on first-line ART will lead to better outcomes.
endTB Clinical Trial a Phase III, randomized, controlled, open-label, non-inferiority, multi-country trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of five new, all-oral, shortened regimens for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB).