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The School of Public Health (ESP Kin), Faculty of Medicine, University of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital (BMMH), Kinshasa, DRC and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH - formerly STI), Basel, Switzerland have agreed to create an Alliance to expand and promote the capacities in clinical and epidemiological research in the DRC.

A respective tripartite agreement launching the Alliance for Clinical Research and Clinical Epidemiology in the DRC (ARCEAU-RDC) was signed on April 21st 2008 in Kinshasa. Once established, the two trial centers will contribute to the development of new drugs & vaccines through the participation in the conduct of clinical trials and the conduct of research in the area of clinical epidemiology. Whereas the ESP Kin will mainly focus on malaria, Tuberculosis & HIV/AIDS, the BMMH will rather concentrate the research on chronic diseases like hypertension, diabetes and cancer. In collaboration with the ESP Kin, research projects in the field of epidemiology and clinical epidemiology with a focus on the particular urbano-rural situation in Kinshasa will become possible. To secure continuous research on sleeping sickness, a link will be made to the national sleeping sickness control program.

The overall objective of this Alliance – ARCEAU-RDC - will be to strengthen the capacities in clinical and epidemiological research in the DRC.
Funding for the first realization period of three years (2007 – 2009) was granted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation  (BMGF).