On November 15, 2022, several faculty members from the Department of International Health and Sustainable Development, including Jane Bertrand, Stacey Gage, Julie Hernandez, Nancy Mock, and Janna Wisniewski, participated in a half day research workshop at the Tulane River and Coastal Center in New Orleans in which results from several sponsored research projects in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were presented. Tulane’s largest overseas office (Tulane International) is located in Kinshasa, DRC. Tulane participated in the founding of the Kinshasa School of Public Health in the mid-1980s, and since then Tulane faculty have managed numerous intervention programs and conducted applied research and evaluation in this country.
The workshop was sponsored by Tulane’s Center for Reproductive Health Policies and Programs (CRHPP) and included presentations on family planning, nutrition, and health systems strengthening research projects in the DRC. Following the workshop, many of the invitees participated in a staff retreat to discuss future research opportunities in the DRC as well as ways in which to strengthen Tulane’s relationships with the Kinshasa School of Public Health.