ABOUT THE CENTER
Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine has a 40-year history in DRC, having begun work there in the late 1970s when the country was still Zaire. In the early 1980s, Tulane introduced one of the first community-based distribution projects in a francophone African country in Bas Zaire (now Kongo Central). In the mid-1980s, Tulane SPHTM co-founded the Kinshasa School of Public Health, which laid the groundwork for decades of fruitful collaboration between Tulane and public health initiatives in the DRC, in areas as diverse as HIV/AIDS and nutrition.
Since 2010, Tulane’s project work in the DRC has focused largely on family planning (FP), involving service delivery, advocacy, monitoring and evaluation, and research.
Tulane University operates through its fully owned subsidiary Tulane International LLC (TILLC). The office in Kinshasa opened in July 2013 and is located in the Safricas complex in the area of Gombe in Kinshasa. The staff consists of 18 Conglese who work in support of the family planning projects, as well as other research activities in the DRC. Tulane’s Director of Family Planning Programs in the DRC is Dr. Arsene Binanga. Ms.Joyce Visi oversees the finance/admin operation.