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Preventing Congenital Syphilis

  • Principal Investigator: Dr. Pierre Buekens
  • Tulane SPHTM Total Project Funding: $6,530,048
  • Project Sponsor: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Nearly 1.5 million pregnant women are infected with syphilis each year, and it is estimated that half of them will have adverse birth outcomes. The goal of this project is to use implementation research methods to evaluate a multi-faceted intervention to increase the use of evidence-based clinical procedures to prevent congenital syphilis. This project is a facility-based, two-arm parallel cluster randomized implementation trial in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Zambia. Improving syphilis screening and treatment will be promoted as a key step toward improving the quality of all components of prenatal care.

Improving the Quality of Maternal and Newborn Health Outcomes through the Development of a Model of Clinical Mentorship in the DRC

  • Principal Investigator: Dr. Xu Xiong
  • Tulane SPHTM Total Project Funding: $1,172,491
  • Project Sponsor: UNICEF

The major goal of the project is to design, implement, and evaluate a clinical mentorship program aimed at improving the quality of maternal and newborn health (MNH) care in 60 primary health care facilities in rural areas and their 12 referral hospitals in the Democratic Republic of Congo.