There are about 166 clinical studies being (or have been) conducted in Zambia. 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.
Infants with an estimated gestational age < 36 6/7 weeks at delivery who have been in an incubator in the newborn ICU for at least 24 hours will be randomized to either standard protocol of open crib or mylar-lined cardboard cot for the duration of the hospital stay. Axillary temperatures will be taken 1 hr, 6 hrs, and 24 hours after being placed in the cot or crib, and then once every 24 hours. All other care is provided as standard of care.
This study will determine whether the efficacy of Mylar-lined cardboard cots is equivalent to traditional incubators in their ability to prevent hypothermia (axillary temperature < 36° C) in preterm neonates <36 6/7 weeks gestational age in a randomized cross-over designed trial. Infants will be randomized to receive care in the cardboard cot or incubator and then cross over to the other device for 24 hour periods, rotating for a total of 96 hours total trial time.
In Zambia, 13% of the 15 to 49 year old population lives with HIV. The highest number of new HIV infections is among young people. To counter the spread of the disease, developmental and governmental actors are increasingly relying on educational behavior change tools. A particularly widely used tool, implemented by the German Development Corporation (henceforth, GIZ), is the so-called "Join-In-Circuit on AIDS, Love Sexuality" (JIC). The tool aims to improve a) HIV and sexual reproductive health knowledge, b) HIV testing uptake, and c) demand for health services. Previous research has investigated the direct effect of the JIC on knowledge about Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) as well as self-reported sexual behavior in Zimbabwe, and has found positive effects in both domains. The research project evaluates the JIC in Zambia. The study randomly assigns 170 participating schools to five different JIC treatment arms. The first two arms represent control schools. Here, no JIC will be implemented. The third arm implements the JIC among a random subset of students. The fourth arm implements the JIC among indegree central students. The fifth arm implements the JIC among edge betweeness central students. In each school, the JIC will be implemented in one pre-determined grade. Within each school at least 30 students will be selected. For larger schools, 20 percent of students in the selected grade are selected.
This is a phase III, double-masked, placebo-controlled, randomized controlled trial taking place in Zambia.
This study would like to determine if the introduction of the Safe Childbirth Checklist and associated mentorship can improve the adherence of skilled birth attendants (SBAs) to the essential practices of childbirth delivery.
The soap on a rope behavioral trial is a school-randomized trial to determine if a disruptive cue (the soap on a rope hall pass) can influence hand washing behavior for students in Namwala District, Zambia.
This intervention will experimentally test the hypothesis that sanitation can be improved in a peri-urban setting using state-of-the-art behaviour change communications. Formative research indicated that landlords are the effective decision-makers about investments in sanitation on their plots (which can include a number of tenant households as well). Landlords will therefore be the primary targets of the intervention. The study will take the form of a randomized controlled trial of the intervention evaluated at the plot level. The intervention will invite enrolled landlords to a series of meetings in which various mechanisms will be used, each designed to increase their likelihood of improving the toilet(s) on their plot. These meetings will be the main vehicle for a status-building campaign associated with increasing wealth by improving plot sanitation, understanding tenants' implicit demand, understanding the processes by which toilets can be improved, and a competition rewarding landlords that make the greatest improvements to the improvement of their toilet(s). The desired improvements will be measured via multiple primary outcomes that measure aspects of changes to hardware and software components, including indicators of hygienic quality, psychological desirability, accessibility, and ecological sustainability. This is because the investigators argue that, to have a significant impact on population-level diarrheal disease indicators, any sanitation solution must be: - effective at reducing exposure to pathogens (i.e., hygienic), - desirable (i.e., seen as valuable or humane), and - accessible (i.e., no one excluded), so that it can be used by all - for a reasonably long time (i.e., sustainable)
The population of inpatients is large in Zambia; however, because of poor linkages between hospitals and community HIV care, there are few data to analyze their engagement in HIV care before and after hospitalization. The goal of the study is to learn more about Zambian adults who are HIV-infected and get hospitalized. The purpose of this study is to gather formative, preliminary data, to be used in future grant applications to improve linkage and engagement in HIV care in Zambia.
Chronic hepatitis B virus infection is a common condition in Zambia. Among Zambian blood donors, up to 8% are chronically infected with HBV. Despite the burden, awareness of HBV is low in Zambia and the Ministry of Health is in early stages of development of guidelines for HBV screening, treatment, and prevention. The purpose of this clinical cohort study is to characterize the clinical features of chronic HBV infection at UTH and describe treatment and care outcomes. The investigators will enroll 500 adults and follow the cohort for up to 5 years to assess short and long-term viral, serologic, and liver outcomes such as cirrhosis and liver cancer.
The purpose of this study is to recruit a random and representative sample of individuals within several Zambian communities for markers of Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) and to characterize chronic HBV infection and indications for treatment.