Research

Partnerships and funded studies

Working in partnership with Boston University, Right to Care Zambia has implemented studies funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH), the Bill and Melinda gates Foundation, the Merck Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, and USAID-Zambia

Our research goals include:

  • expand knowledge about child survival and respiratory disease in children, and
  • explore the introduction of maternal vaccines to prevent disease in newborns.

The research unit has worked on and continues to work on a variety of studies:


  • The Zambia Infant Cohort study (ZICS) to determine if HIV exposed but uninfected (HEU) infants born to HIV-infected mothers on ART have increased morbidity and mortality. This is supported by NIH – Boston University.
  • The Scanning EARs for Child Health in Zambia to identify and link patients to their medical records using the ear as a biometric. This is supported by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – Boston University.
  • The Zambia Pertussis RSV Infant Mortality Estimation Study using sampling of nasopharyngeal secretions among recently deceased infants to inform the epidemiology of serious infant respiratory infections. This is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – Boston University.
  • Southern Africa Mother Infant Pertussis Study to study the epidemiology of early infant respiratory infections: Minimally Invasive Tissue Sampling for a detailed histo-immuno pathology study of RSV. This is supported by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – Boston University.

Research on Scanning EARs for Child Health


  • The Mobile Bedside Ultrasound to compare the accuracy of the mobile, bluetooth, cell phone linked ultrasound facility, to the standard chest x-ray for diagnosis of pneumonia among children – NIH – Boston University.
  • The COVID post-mortem surveillance and pathology study. This is supported by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – Boston University.
  • Maternity Homes Access in Zambia (MAHMAZ) to determine if well-constructed and well-resourced mothers’ shelters are associated with increased access to health facility delivery and improved pregnancy outcomes among women living furthest from a health facility. This is supported by ELMA, MSD for Mothers, and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the research has been completed.
  • The Scaling Up of Early Childhood Development in Zambia (SUpErCDZ) to understand the impact of an early childhood development curriculum delivered to parenting groups through the health system on child development outcomes when delivered at scale. This is supported by Grand Challenges Canada and USAID – Zambia.

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