Democratic Republic of the Congo

Kinshasa School of Public Health (KSPH): UCLA-DRC Health Research and Training Program (HRTP), Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Founded in 2004 by Dr. A. Rimoin (UCLA), HRTP supports epidemiological studies of infectious disease and provides training for UCLA and Congolese students in the DRC. KSPH was established in 1984 with USAID funding and hosts the collaboration. KSPH is a center of excellence in public health training, research and community services for the DRC. KSPH conducts research and provides technical support to the MoH on a variety of critical public health issues, including Ebola, other hemorrhagic fevers, emerging diseases, vaccine preventable diseases, influenza, syphilis, and women’s health. KSPH faculty possess unique expertise and serve a real need in the country and region. HRTP is well equipped with clinical, laboratory and office space with the necessary equipment and human resources to collect, analyze, store and ship data and biological samples. Collaborators include senior Congolese faculty and staff with extensive experience in the design and implementation of serosurveys and other epidemiological studies of infectious disease. HRTP has a strong track record of providing excellent training and mentorship to UCLA students. HRTP has supported four doctoral students to live and work full time in DRC for up to two years to obtain hands-on field experience and gather dissertation data. HRTP has also trained UCLA MPH and medical students. Trainee research has focused on disease control and surveillance, epidemiological investigations, disaster management, and emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. KSPH will serve as a GloCal site for Congolese and UC trainees with a focus on public health training and field research.

Site contact: Dr. Emile Okitolonda Wemakoy & Dr. Anne Rimoin