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Swiss TPH News, June 2020
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Mutual Learning for Change
At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Swiss TPH began to host virtual seminars in relation to COVID-19 to continue to connect virtually and deepen knowledge both within Swiss TPH and with partners abroad on relevant topics such as disease prevention and control, experiences from China, Africa and Switzerland and power and privilege in global health leadership.

With the onset of the pandemic in Switzerland came the concept of social distancing, which prompted us to move most of our courses online. Our courses, which cover a wide range of topics including international health, epidemiology, infection biology, management and more, began to provide virtual lessons through digital tools such as Zoom, thus ensuring that our goal of mutual learning for change could continue. » Read more
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Swiss TPH Supports COVID-19 Efforts in SDC Projects
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is supporting the re-allocation of funds within existing projects that are implemented by Swiss TPH in Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe to assist in the public health response to the COVID-19 crisis. Activities range from procurement of personal protective equipment, to setting up a diagnostics laboratory and a national call centre.
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Molecular Signatures can Predict the Efficacy of Malaria Vaccines
A new study reveals that it is possible to identify individuals that will be protected by the malaria vaccine before its administration. Researchers found that boosting the immune system before vaccination could potentially improve vaccine efficacy. The study was published in Science Translational Medicine by ISGlobal in partnership with Swiss TPH and other partners.
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Topping Out Ceremony
One year after the groundbreaking ceremony, the construction of the new Swiss TPH headquarters “Belo Horizonte” in Allschwil is underway and progressing according to plan. As of mid-May 2020, the roof of the building was finished with concrete. The traditional topping out ceremony for the construction workers took place on Friday, 19 June 2020, in compliance with COVID-19 protection measures. The move of Swiss TPH to Allschwil is planned for the end of 2021.
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Three New Grants from the Botnar Research Centre for Child Health to Combat COVID-19
Swiss TPH was awarded 3 out of 11 new research grants from the Fast Track Call for Acute Global Health Challenges put forward by the Botnar Research Centre for Child Health (BRCCH). The research projects will help mitigate COVID-19-related medical and public health challenges in the short-term, as well as contribute to better preparedness and reduced global disease burden in the long-term.
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"It Is a Race Against Time": Establishing a Diagnostic Lab for Sars-CoV-2 in Equatorial Guinea
COVID-19 poses major challenges for resource-limited countries, also when it comes to diagnostics. Swiss TPH is supporting Equatorial Guinea in establishing one of the few diagnostic laboratories for Sars-CoV-2 in the region. Claudia Daubenberger of Swiss TPH speaks in an interview about the challenges associated with Sars-CoV-2 diagnostics in sub-Saharan Africa.
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15 Years Swiss School of Public Health
The SSPH+ Faculty Meeting took place online this year from 16 to 17 June. Ruth Dreifuss, former Swiss Federal Councillor, was appointed Honorary Fellow and Apolline Saucy, PhD candidate at Swiss TPH, won the SSPH+ Science Flash Talk with her video on the effects of aircraft noise on mortality. » All presentations and videos of the conference
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Action Research on Stunting in Rwanda
Rwanda has one of the highest rates of chronic malnutrition among children, with 38% of children under five being stunted. To address this, Swiss TPH implemented a project on childhood stunting in Rwanda that increased the engagement of community health workers in the fight against malnutrition, raised awareness of stunting among caregivers and communities and more. The project was launched by SDC.
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20 Years Clinical Trials
Swiss TPH has 20 years of experience in designing and implementing complex clinical trials in resource-constrained settings. Understanding the barriers to conducting clinical trials in difficult settings, Swiss TPH offers strategic, customised solutions with a high level of flexibility and appreciates the intricacies of strategic planning in these settings with the aim to deliver the highest quality data for clinical trials tailored to each unique project.
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10 Years Swiss TPH: Integration of the ISPM into the Former Swiss Tropical Institute
Ten years ago, the former Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM) within the University of Basel’s Faculty of Medicine was integrated into the Swiss Tropical Institute (STI). Since then, topics such as air pollution, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes have been high on the agenda at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), as it is called today. Thanks to this step, Swiss TPH is in a unique position to offer comprehensive solutions for the health challenges of the 21st century. » Read the interview with key people involved in Swiss TPH’s story
Project Updates
Girl Effect Evaluation
Swiss TPH conducted the independent evaluation of the Gavi-Girl Effect Partnership, which aims to increase the uptake of the HPV vaccination, encouraging health seeking behaviour amongst adolescent girls, and improving the perception of vaccination. The evaluation focused on the partnership's achievements in Rwanda, Malawi and Ethiopia, and assessed the effect of a multimedia intervention. » Read more
Guide to Immunisation Activities in South Sudan
Provision of health services in South Sudan remains challenging, given the ongoing conflicts and fragility of the state. Swiss TPH will support the Ministry of Health in developing the Programme Support Rationale (PSR) in order to guide immunisation activities, engaging with relevant stakeholders and Gavi. » Read more
SRHR, Harmful Practices and LGBTI+
Swiss TPH has been awarded a 2 to 4-year Framework Agreement with the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) to provide expertise services on its priority themes sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) as well as harmful practices and social inclusion, including LGBTI+.
Support to Programme Audits
Gavi awarded Swiss TPH a 3-year mandate to support its Programme Audit unit in conducting programme audits in selected countries. Audit and Investigations (A&I) is an independent function designed to assist the management and stakeholders of Gavi.
Immunisation Agenda 2030
Swiss TPH made an important contribution to the understanding of the epidemiology of unvaccinated children. The vaccination community has been proactive in addressing vaccination challenges, with the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) and now the Immunisation Agenda 2030 (IA2030). An essential component of the IA2030 is the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) framework. Xavier Bosch-Capblanch, Swiss TPH, represents the academia in the M&E WHO Task Force.
COVID-19 Research Projects
In the EU-funded CORESMA project, Swiss TPH is leading the work on implementation research to analyse effects of surveillance and containment measures through SORMAS in countries particularly vulnerable to the COVID-19 epidemic and to tailor effective and efficient control measures to health systems in Nepal and Côte d'Ivoire. Combining e-health, serolomics, modelling, artificial intelligence and implementation research, CORESMA aims to close existing gaps between clinical, epidemiological and immunological information to better respond to the pandemic. » Read more
Three Swiss National Science Foundation COVID-19 Projects
PubliCo is developing a tool that helps tackle the “infodemic” manifested in the COVID-19 context, with a focus on an understanding of public perception. With this tool, the aim is to foster effective and tailored risk and crisis communication for “combating misinformation, stigma, and fear”. The project is led by the Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine (IBME) at the University of Zurich. Swiss TPH is responsible for the citizen science component where people report on their Covid-19-related experiences. » Read more
Together with the University of Geneva, Swiss TPH is conducting an open-label cluster randomised trial to assess the efficacy, safety and acceptability of same-day LPV/r-based post-exposure prophylaxis compared to standard of care for asymptomatic individuals exposed to individuals diagnosed with SARS-CoV-2. » Read more
In collaboration with the Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva, Swiss TPH researchers aim to assess the initial impact of and responses to the current COVID-19 systemic crisis from an interdisciplinary perspective combining insights from public health, economics and law. In particular, the project seeks to understand how different European countries cope, adapt and transform in the face of systemic disruptions such as those caused by the rapid dissemination of COVID-19 across Europe. » Read more
Upcoming Events
Swiss TPH Symposium, 1 September 2020
Molecular research approaches are instrumental in deepening our understanding of how pathogens cause infection, survive and multiply within their hosts, or spread among their host population. The one-day Swiss TPH symposium pays tribute to the outstanding scientific achievements and passionate work of Prof. Ingrid Felger and Prof. Hans-Peter Beck, both Swiss TPH, over the past 25 years. » Register now
Swiss Public Health Conference 2020 «From Evidence to Public Health Policy and Practice»
With the goal of strengthening public health in Switzerland, the Swiss Public Health Conference 2020 on 2-3 September will examine the transfer of knowledge between research, politics and practice. Experts from around the globe will discuss how evidence-based solutions can be integrated into our healthcare system. With examples of diverse national and international projects, we will address open questions, how the results of research can be implemented in practice and how gaps within the Swiss healthcare system can be tackled. » Programme and registration
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BZG Basel Lab Course Kicks-Off
We are thrilled to welcome students back in person to our BZG Basel lab course, as we continue to adhere to strict COVID-19 protection measures in accordance with the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH). Swiss TPH offers a unique learning experience through a blended learning approach that combines both online media as well as traditional face-to-face teaching methods.
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Diploma of Advanced Studies Health Care and Management
The 14-week course provides international participants with the core competencies to understand and react to health challenges. They acquire a range of skills and knowledge needed to work as a member of a health management team, particularly in low- and middle-income societies. With a focus on practical application and interactive training, participants benefit from engaging with experts from various fields.
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International Cooperation and Global Health
In a globalised world, internationally and inter-culturally active professional groups are confronted with complex and multifaceted challenges. The 8-week course is aimed at professionals from all health sectors and interested parties from other professions who are preparing for working abroad or who in their daily life work with intercultural communication, migration or health in a global context. Course language is German.
Latest Publications
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Swiss TPH Annual Report 2019
The 2019 Annual Report reflects on the past year’s highlights and milestones, goes in-depth on topics such as climate change and health and antimicrobial resistance, and provides an overview of our areas of activity and key facts and figures. » Read the full report
Rothen J, Sapugahawatte D N, Li C, Lo N, Vogel G, Foucault F, Pflüger V, Pothier J, Blom J, Daubenberger C, Ip M. A simple, rapid typing method for Streptococcus agalactiae based on ribosomal subunit proteins by MALDI-TOF MS. Scientific Report. » Read the full article
Wiedenmayer K, Msamba V, Chilunda F, Kiologwe J C, Seni J. Impact of hand hygiene intervention: a comparative study in health care facilities in Dodoma region, Tanzania using WHO methodology. Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control. » Read the full article
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