There are about 73 clinical studies being (or have been) conducted in Rwanda. 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 purpose of this study is to evaluate the feasibility of conducting a study of oral risperidone followed by paliperidone palmitate for once monthly (PP1M) and paliperidone palmitate for every 3 months (PP3M) in rwandan healthcare facilities with mental healthcare capabilities.
Many preterm, low birth weight and other high-risk infants are surviving the early neonatal period. However, upon discharge from the neonatal units, this at-risk population has little support for their health, nutrition and development in the community. To address this emerging need, Partners In Health in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and UNICEF, has created a pediatric developmental clinic (PDC) to follow the high-risk infants after discharge from hospitals and health centers.
This is a randomized control study of antibiotic uses in clean non prosthetic surgeries. One group will be given antibiotic prophylaxis, other will receive a placebo. The primary outcome will be the rate of surgical site infection in 2 groups.
The main aim of this study is to test the primary hypothesis that the addition of intermittent screening and treatment of malaria in pregnant women (ISTp) who receive routine antenatal care (ANC) in health facilities in high malaria transmission areas in Rwanda will reduce malaria prevalence among pregnant women when compared to routine antenatal cares services alone.
This study is a mixed-methods cluster-randomized controlled trial in Rwanda designed to measure the impact of a dairy asset transfer program with or without nutrition education promoting the home consumption of dairy milk and other animal source foods.
Preliminary pilot testing of the home-based FSI-ECD intervention as delivered by community based lay workers.
Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness such as cancer, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and treatment of pain and other physical and psychosocial problems. Despite the rising incidence of cancer, the availability of comprehensive palliative care services across Sub Saharan Africa is extremely limited. The current study will test the efficacy of the newly developed smart phone based symptom evaluation app (application), in improving the management of the palliative care needs of patients with advanced cancer in Rwanda. RPCHO is the Rwanda Palliative Care and Hospice Organization that provides palliative care services to advanced cancer patients in Rwanda. About 80 patients enrolled under the RPCHO will be enrolled in the current study. Those who agree to take part in the study will be randomly assigned to either a standard care group or intervention group. Patients in both the arms will continue to receive the standard palliative care currently provided at the RPCHO. Additionally, patients in the intervention group will receive new smart-phone application based alerts, bi-weekly, on their mobile phone to fill out the short symptom assessment form. In addition, patients will also be able to complete a symptom assessment at any time they feel that their symptoms are poorly controlled or getting worse. The team at RPCHO will have desktop based dashboard where they will be able to track all patient's information. This will assist them in early identification and response to any worsening symptoms. Patients enrolled in both standard arm and intervention arm, will be asked to make three visits at the RPCHO at baseline, at 6 weeks, at 3 months. During this visits the RPCHO research staff will conduct their physical and psychological assessment. We hope to find significant improvement in pain score, other symptoms and quality of life, as measured by standard validated scores, for patients enrolled under the intervention arm (using the smart phone app) as compared to standard care arm at 6 weeks and at 3 months. Thus we hope to demonstrate that the new smartphone-based app can be successfully used for both the assessment and management of pain and other symptoms and providing palliative care services for advanced cancer patients in low and middle income countries.
The present study aims to examine whether or not the use of mobile Health (mHealth) by community health workers (CHWs) can improve the identification of surgical site infection (SSI) and a timely return to care among patients who undergo cesarean-section surgery at a rural hospital in Rwanda.
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.
This study exploits the distribution of low-cost high-quality phototherapy devices (Brilliance by D-Rev) to public hospitals in Rwanda to assess whether the provision of improved technology improves health care for infant jaundice. Specifically, the investigators are interested in measuring whether the provision of an additional high-quality phototherapy device, a known effective treatment for jaundice, successfully translates into improved care of neonatal jaundice in Rwanda where the burden of jaundice is particularly high.