Kinshasa Mahidol Oxford Research Unit (KIMORU)

Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

The Congo River

The KIMORU Research Centre is located in a suburban slum district of Kinshasa. We have worked at this site since 2009 when it was included in the AQUAMAT study, a large multi-centre trial on severe malaria. KIMORU was born as a collaboration between the University of Oxford and the Kinshasa School of Public Health, University of Kinshasa, under the auspices of the Congolese Ministry of Health.

Our research activities focus on malaria and are closely integrated with our multi-site Asian malaria efforts to optimise the treatment of malaria in children and pregnant women with uncomplicated and severe malaria.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the third largest country in Africa with an estimated population of 68 million people, the vast majority living below the international poverty line of US$ 1.25 per day (World Bank, 2013). The country has, along with Nigeria, the heaviest burden of falciparum malaria in the world (9 million confirmed cases in 2012). The under-five mortality rate in 2013 was 111 per 1,000 live births, with malaria being the main cause followed by diarrhoea (all causes, 17%), Acute Respiratory Infection (7%) and malnutrition (8%); 43% of children under-five suffer from chronic malnutrition and 23% present with the severe form (UNICEF, 2013).