Kinshasa, DRC


The study site, Kinshasa is the third largest city in Africa with a population of 9 million. An estimated 62% of the urban population lives in slum areas. 

Research Team

Our collaborating research partner in Kinshasa is the University of Kinshasa School of Public Health.


Patrick K. Kayembe, Primary Investigator

Patrick K. Kayembe, MD, MPH, PhD is the Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Kinshasa School of Public Health.  He has written a book on HIV and is author or coauthor of more than 80 journal articles, book chapters, research, and evaluation reports. In February 2009 he was appointed Dean of the Kinshasa School of Public Health and served from February 2009 to March 2012. He has consulted for many national and international organizations, namely WHO (served as TFI member from 2010 to 2013), Worldbank (external evaluation of the African Program on Onchocerciasis, APOC in 2005), UNDP (to evaluate the integration of HIV/AIDS into the curriculum at selected universities in Africa, in 2007), SADC (to evaluate the SADC HIV business plan, 2013). He has been appointed PI for a number of national and sub-national surveys.  In 2006 he has coordinated a narrative research on behalf of UNICEF in the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC.  During this exercise, he worked with teenagers to have them construct a typical history on how teenagers initiate sexual relationships, their motivation to have sex and how they behave afterwards.  The findings were used to design education manuals targeting teenagers. Contact Dr. Kayembe.


Eric M. Mafuta, Field Coordinator

Eric M. Mafuta, MD, MPH is senior lecturer on Health Systems Policy and Management Department at the University of Kinshasa School of Public Health (KSPH). After working for three years as a physician in maternal and child health services in the private sector in Kinshasa (2003-2005), he was appointed junior lecturer at KSPH, where he also graduated in Health Economy in 2007. He was involved as an interview transcriber in an adolescent reproductive and sexual health narrative study in 2007, as associate investigator in a socioeconomic study on integrated HIV care for tuberculosis patients living with HIV in Bas Congo province in collaboration with the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases and the National Tuberculosis Control Program (2008), and as assistant investigator and project manager in a health systems expenditures assessment of regarding people living with HIV and AIDS in 2010 in 2020. Dr. Mafuta was Coordination and Public Relations Manager at the Permanent Executive Secretary of the Federation of Regional Centrals for Essential Drugs Supply (2009-2011) and assistant investigator in measuring family planning dynamics in 3 francophone cities. He studied supply, demand, creation, and use of contraceptives with Tulane University, and was a field supervisor in Performance Monitoring and Accountability 2020 in Kinshasa in 2014.

Dr. Mafuta is the focal person for Africa Hub, a Health Alliance project for strengthening capacities of eastern- and central-African schools of public health on health systems research, in collaboration with John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health through Future Health Systems and Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda. He is currently a PhD student at VU University, Amsterdam and WOTRO, improving maternal health through social accountability mechanisms research program in the DRC and Burundi. Contact Dr. Mafuta.


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Dr. Pierre Akilimali is the data manager for the GEAS Kinshasa site. He is author or co-author of more than 30 journal articles. He worked from 2005 to 2007 as the head of office in health districts and subprovinces. He subsequently served as the technical advisor in the office of the Italian cooperation of the Embassy of Italy at Kinshasa. Dr. Akilimali has consulted for many national and international organizations, including UNFPA's Facility Facility Assessment for Reproductive Health Commodities And Services. He possesses significant experience with household surveys, including conceptualization, sampling, data collection, cleaning and analysis, and dissemination. Contact Dr. Akilimali.