Marcel Yotebieng comes to the college from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a research assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology. He is also a visiting professor at the University of Kinshasa's Kinshasa School of Public Health in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Over the past two decades, he has worked in multiple countries in Sub-Saharan Africa as clinician, public health practitioner, and researcher. He has served as Principal Investigator on multiple grants (totaling over $5 million) funded by the National Institute of Health (two RO1s), the Gates foundation, and the World Health Organization. He has also served as co-investigator on large cooperative agreements (UO1 or U2) from NIH and CDC totaling >$25 million. This funding has allowed him and his collaborators to build strong research infrastructures in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC – a centrally located office with >20 full-time staff, cars, freezers, all supporting ongoing data collection in 106 health facilities across the entire province of Kinshasa). His work has informed national and international guidelines on tuberculosis management and treatment of HIV in children. Results from one of his recently completed trial had led to calls for the World Health Organization to revisit its almost three decades’ policy on breastfeeding promotion. His expertise is well recognized at both the national and the international levels. He has served as member of the scientific committee that advise the National TB Program in the DR Congo on guidelines since 2011. He has been invited to chair a discussion section at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) or to participate on panel discussions at other regional and international meetings. As the lead for the pediatric work for the Central Africa International Epidemiologic Database to Evaluate AIDS (https://iedeaca.org/), he has been a key member of the Collaborative Initiative for Pediatric HIV Education and Research (CIPHER) Cohort Collaboration (https://www.iasociety.org/CIPHER) since its inception. He also a member of the Global Burden of Disease Network and more importantly, he serve on the “Committee on Improving the Quality of Health Care Globally” at the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. He is also an academic editor at PLOS ONE.
Prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV, Hepatitis B, and other viruses
HIV care and treatment with a focus on Pediatric care
Maternal and Child health
Infectious diseases; including Tuberculosis
GBD 2016 SDG Collaborators.(2017) Measuring progress and projecting attainment on the basis of past trends of the health-related Sustainable Development Goals in 188 countries: an analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016. Lancet. 2017 Sep 16;390(10100):1423-1459
GBD 2016 Mortality Collaborators. (2017). Global, regional, and national under-5 mortality, adult mortality, age-specific mortality, and life expectancy, 1970-2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016. Lancet. 390(10100):1084-1150.
Yotebieng M, Behets F, Kawende B, Ravelomanana NLR, Tabala M, Okitolonda EW. (2017). Continuous quality improvement interventions to improve long-term outcomes of antiretroviral therapy in women who initiated therapy during pregnancy or breastfeeding in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Design of an open-label, parallel, group randomized trial. BMC Health Serv Res. 17(1):306.
Yotebieng M, Thirumurthy H, Moracco KE, Kawende B, Chalachala JL, Wenzi KL, Ravelomanana NLR, Edmonds E, Thompson D, Okitolonda WE, Behets F. (2016). Conditional cash transfers and uptake of and retention in prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission care: a randomised controlled trial. Lancet HIV. 3(2):e85-93
Yotebieng M, Thirumurthy H, Moracco KE, Kawende B, Tabala m, Wenzi LK, Edmonds A, Okitolonda E, Behets F. (2017) Conditional Cash Transfers Improve Retention in PMTCT Services by Mitigating the Negative Effect of Not Having Money to Come to the Clinic. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 74(2):150-157.
Yotebieng M, Thirumurthy H, Moracco KE, Edmonds A, Tabala M, Kawende B, Wenzi LK, Okitolonda EW, Behets F. (2016) Conditional Cash Transfers to Increase Retention in PMTCT Care, Antiretroviral Adherence, and Postpartum Virological Suppression: A Randomized Controlled Trial. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 72 Suppl 2:S124-9.
Yotebieng KA, Fokong K, Yotebieng M. (2017). Depression, retention in care, and uptake of PMTCT service in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo: a prospective cohort. AIDS Care. 29(3):285-289
Yotebieng M, Labbok M, Soeters HM, Chalachala JL, Lapika B, Vitta BS, Behets F. (2015) Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding programme to promote early initiation and exclusive breastfeeding in DR Congo: a cluster-randomised controlled trial. Lancet Glob Health: 3(9), p.e546-55.
Brazeau NF, Tabala M, Kiketa L, Kayembe D, Chalachala JL, Kawende B, Lapika B, Meshnick SR, Yotebieng M. (2016) Exclusive Breastfeeding and Clinical Malaria Risk in 6-Month-Old Infants: A Cross-Sectional Study from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 95(4):827-830.
Mbonze NB, Tabala M, Wenzi LK, Bakoko B, Brouwer M, Creswell J, Van Rie A, Behets F, Yotebieng M. (2016) Xpert(®) MTB/RIF for smear-negative presumptive TB: impact on case notification in DR Congo. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 220(2):240-6
Patel MR, Westreich D, Yotebieng M, Nana M, Eron JJ, Behets F, Van Rie A. (2015) The Impact of Implementation Fidelity on Mortality Under a CD4-Stratified Timing Strategy for Antiretroviral Therapy in Patients With Tuberculosis. Am J Epidemiol. Vol. 181(9). p.714-22.
Yotebieng M, Meyers T, Behets F, Davies MA, Keiser O, Ngonyani KZ, Lyamuya RE, Kariminia A, Hansudewechakul R, Leroy V, Koumakpai S, Newman J, Van Rie A. (2015) Age-specific and sex-specific weight gain norms to monitor antiretroviral therapy in children in low-income and middle-income countries. AIDS. 29(1), p.101-9.
Edmonds A, Yotebieng M, Lusiama J, Matumona Y, Kitetele F, Napravnik S, Cole SR, Van Rie A, Behets F.(2011) The effect of highly active antiretroviral therapy on the survival of HIV-infected children in a resource-deprived setting: a cohort study. PLoS Med. 8(6), p.e1001044
Meyers TM, Yotebieng M, Kuhn L, Moultrie H.(2011) Antiretroviral therapy responses among children attending a large public clinic in Soweto, South Africa. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 30(11):974-9