There are about 51 clinical studies being (or have been) conducted in Sierra Leone. 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 study is a multi-country and multi-site project to estimate the point-prevalence of high-risk (HR) HPV genotype infections among representative samples of girls and women aged 9-50 years, and among specific sub-populations to estimate the incidence of persistent HPV infection among sexually active young women. The data to fulfill the objectives will be collected through a series of Cross-Sectional Surveys (CSS) and Longitudinal Studies (LS) in all 8 countries 3 South Asian countries including Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and 5 sub-Saharan African countries including Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Ghana, Zambia and DR Congo. Qualitative sub-studies (QS) will be conducted in selected countries and populations following the CSS to further understand and unpack risk factors for HPV infection as well as to explore how gender-related dynamics including perceptions of gender norms and stigma, influence HPV burden and/or create barriers that shape girls/women access to and uptake of HPV prevention, screening, and treatment services. Specific study protocols and corresponding ethical applications for the qualitative sub-studies will be developed separately.
The main objective of the Sierra Leone Sees to Learn (SL2) trial is to assess the educational impact of providing free eyeglasses to students aged 12-15 years with uncorrected refractive error in Sierra Leone. The procedures include baseline questionnaires and educational assessments to collect data on students and schools, and then the provision of free eyeglasses to students who have uncorrected (or undercorrected) refractive error (URE). The questionnaires and student assessments will take 1-2 hours. The duration of the study timeframe is one school year. The end-line questionnaires and student assessments will be administered at the end of the school year.
Although psychotic disorders typically affect less than 1% of the population, they are a significant cause of disability worldwide. Psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions and suicidal ideation can be profoundly disturbing, and negatively impact daily living. However, the social consequences of psychosis are often even more troubling than the symptoms. For example, people with psychosis have a high risk of experiencing violence, poverty, homelessness, incarceration, and unemployment, among other adverse outcomes. There is a need for a range of accessible, appropriate interventions for people with psychosis to be delivered to those in the most vulnerable situations, including in low-resource settings in sub-Saharan Africa. A systematic review recently carried out as part of the formative research for SUCCEED identified 10 studies evaluating the impact of interventions for people with psychosis in Africa, most of which had a strongly clinical focus. The review concluded that there was a need for further research involving people with lived experience of psychosis in designing and evaluating holistic interventions that meet their diverse needs, within and beyond the health sector. SUCCEED Africa is a six-year Health Research Programme Consortium (RPC) that has brought together people with lived experience of psychosis and people with professional experience (researchers, clinicians) from four African countries (Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe) to co-produce a community-based intervention for psychosis, using a Theory of Change-driven approach. The SUCCEED intervention takes the World Health Organisation's (WHO's) CBR Matrix as a point of departure to consider the multifaceted needs of people living with psychosis and other psychosocial disabilities, and how best to meet these needs by mobilising the resources of individuals and families affected, as well as their broader communities. This protocol describes a pilot study in which the SUCCEED intervention will be delivered and evaluated on a small scale, in preparation for a larger multi-country research evaluation using more rigorous methods, including randomised controlled trials in Nigeria and Zimbabwe and observational studies in Malawi and Sierra Leone, respectively. The main outcome of interest is change in subjective quality of life among participants with lived experience of psychosis who are offered the intervention over a four-month follow up period.
The goal of this clinical trial is to test egg powder supplementation in children with moderate acute malnutrition in Sierra Leone. The main question it aims to answer is: - Will provision of 15g of whole egg powder per day during and after treatment for moderate acute malnutrition (for 24 weeks total) improve small intestinal permeability and linear growth among 6-30 month old Sierra Leonean children compared with daily corn powder supplementation?
This study is a vaccine-related clinical trial which will be conducted by our study team at Kenema Government Hospital (KGH)'s Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Program in collaboration with Tulane University School of Medicine. This study is funded by Merck & Co., the developers of ERVEBO®. This investigational medicinal product (IMP) was successful in Sierra Leone through the Sierra Leone Trial to Introduce a Vaccine against Ebola (STRIVE) working with the College of Medical and Allied Health Services (COMAHS) at the University of Sierra Leone. ERVEBO® was also successfully tested in Liberia and the Republic of Guinea. These successful trials led to the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) approval of ERVEBO®, as well as approval for therapeutic use in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, Ghana, and Zambia. This particular vaccination study will focus on the anamnestic response to the ERVEBO® vaccine, (full name - rVSVDG-ZEBOV-GP Ebola Virus Vaccine). The original clinical trials conducted excluded Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) survivors from participating. However, with ongoing research, there is evidence of waning immune response and even recurrent infections in EVD survivors.
The goal of this clinical trial is to test (1) a novel maternal ready-to-use supplementary food and (2) a novel cognitive behavioral therapy intervention in undernourished Sierra Leonean women. The main questions it aims to answer are: - Will the addition of omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), as well as choline, to a maternal ready-to-use supplementary food (M-RUSF+) prolong gestation when compared with a similar supplementary food except that it lacks DHA, EPA, and choline (M-RUSF)? - Will M-RUSF+ improve infant cognitive development at 9 months of age when compared with M-RUSF? - Will the novel CBT program improve ante- and post-partum depression?
The primary aim of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of a massive open online course (MOOC) for training lay first responders in sub-Saharan Africa. The research team will assess educational outcomes of first responder training implemented at program locations in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Kenya, through previously validated pre- and post-course survey instruments, standardized patient assessments, and incident reporting. The research team will investigate efficacy of MOOC training amongst diverse populations with variable technology literacy and utilize data gathered to develop more efficient means of disseminating basic first aid training information.
This study will examine a new implementation strategy for the Youth Readiness Intervention (YRI), an evidence-based mental health intervention. The strategy will (a) leverage a delivery setting (schools) and workforce (teachers) used effectively in low- and middle- income countries; and (b) innovate with technology and mHealth tools to enhance mental health service delivery quality. The YRI will be implemented as an extracurricular resilience-building after school activity in Sierra Leone. Teachers will deliver the YRI and receive either mobile phone-supported supervision or standard in-person supervision. Mobile-based supervision will integrate WhatsApp, a free cross-platform messaging and voice service used widely throughout Africa, with mHealth digital tools. The mHealth tools will support supervision through key features, including voice activated content, fillable forms (i.e., YRI fidelity checklist), and visual dashboards to monitor fidelity. A hybrid type 3 implementation-effectiveness design will allow for evaluation of both mobile phone-based supervision as a new implementation strategy, and clinical effectiveness of the YRI on youth mental and behavioral health as secondary outcomes.
In Sierra Leone, poverty and challenges with family functioning can lead to family separation, and children may go to live on the street or enter residential care institutions/orphanages. Helping Children Worldwide (HCW), a non-profit organization with over 20 years of experience in Sierra Leone, has developed a two-part Family Strengthening Program delivered by their program partners in Sierra Leone, the Child Reintegration Centre, to improve families financial literacy and attachment between caregivers and children, with the ultimate goal of preventing family separation. The hypothesis of this study is that the Family Strengthening Program program is effective at (1) changing parenting behaviors, (2) improving emotional regulation, (3) improving caregiver-child attachment, and (4) improving financial literacy in dyads consisting of children ages 9-13 and their caregivers.
A double blinded, placebo-controlled, multicenter trial to evaluate effectiveness of azithromycin prophylaxis on mortality in advanced HIV.