ERC manages funds and implements research studies from either individual or institutional investigators that need to implement their projects in Rwanda. With a team of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) certified instructors, numerous research study staff and scientists educated in various research methods and biostatistics. We design and conduct research especially health-related in clinical and public health settings.
Launched in January 2019, The Community Acquired Bacteremic Syndromes in Rwanda ( CABSiR) is a study that purposes to determine the etiologic agent of BSI in children (0-15 years) who present with clinical sepsis in Rwanda, determine the antibiotic susceptibility profile of BSI isolates from objective 1 and, Archive BSI isolates and sera for future evaluation of genetic determinants of antimicrobial resistance and cytokine profiling respectively. Screening of outpatient children in the above age group is done. Symptoms considered are fever, hypothermia, respiratory distress, convulsion, prostration or altered consciousness. This study is implemented at Muhima, CHUK and Nyamata Hospitals.
Launched in October 2018, this study aims to determine the prevalence of raised umbilical artery flow resistance indices, including AEDF, in unselected obstetric populations at 28 - 34 gestation in Rwanda, using a single screening with the Umbiflow device. Enrolment of pregnant women (28-34 weeks) who have consented to the study is done and a follow up within 7 days after delivery, to know and assess their health status and that of the baby. This study is carried out at Muhima and Kibagabaga Hospitals.
Started in 2017 with a pilot study and the main trial was launched in 2018. This study aims to conduct a randomized controlled trial of LPG stove and fuel distribution in Rwanda, to deliver rigorous evidence regarding potential health benefits across the lifespan. Pregnant women and additional older women residing in the same household are enrolled, and randomizing the households to either receive an LPG stove, cylinder and 18months of LPG supply (intervention arm), or to continue with standard cooking practices (control arm) for the length of follow-up. Once born, the children are also followed-up until 1year of age. This study is carried out in Kayonza District.
Motto Crashes & Helmet Use in Rwanda
This is a pilot study started in January 2019, with an aim of investigating the motorcycle crash dynamics, correlation of impact forces sustained by helmets worn during the crashes with injuries and evaluation of helmet use behaviours via qualitative and quantitative methodology. Completion of this pilot study will fulfil necessary initial steps needed to improve our understanding of the forces that impact the head in Motto Crashes, develop policy recommendations to improve helmet use behaviors and ultimately design a new standard of helmet tailor-made for the LMIC setting. This study is carried out in within Kigali (Gasabo, Kicukiro and Nyarugenge Districts).