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Swiss TPH News, April 2021
The Fight Against Malaria
Over the past two decades, substantial progress has been made in reducing the global burden of malaria through vector control interventions and improved access to diagnosis and treatment. Despite this progress, much work still lies ahead.

To address this, Swiss TPH has launched a new 3-year modelling project to support National Malaria Control Programmes with their decision-making on malaria control efforts. » Read more
Medical staff in laboratory
ANTICOV Tests New Drug Combination
The need for effective COVID-19 treatments remains particularly acute, especially in sub-Saharan Africa where access to vaccines is still limited. The ANTICOV clinical trial, led by DNDi with partners including Swiss TPH, has started the recruitment of participants to test a new drug combination, nitazoxanide and ciclesonide, to treat people with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 before their cases become severe.
Sexual education
JeuneS3 Programme Comes to a Close
The JeuneS3 (Santé, Sécurité, Sexualité) programme, which focused on improving adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health in four Francophone African countries, has come to a close after four successful years. Swiss TPH, within a consortia led by Cordaid, contributed to the implementation of the national life skills education programme in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Blood taking for antibody testing
Seroprevalance Has Increased to 21% in the Basel Region
Seroprevalance has markedly increased in the cantons of Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft since autumn of last year. The COVCO-Basel study by Swiss TPH is now publishing preliminary results on the effects that the pandemic and the measures implemented to contain it are having on the well-being and lifestyles of the population for the first time.
School children on Pemba Island
ERC Grant Awarded to Swiss TPH for Helminth Research
Jennifer Keiser, Head of the Helminth Drug Development Unit at Swiss TPH, was awarded a EUR 2.47 million European Research Council Advanced Grant to conduct research on soil-transmitted helminth infections. The highly competitive grant supports researchers who are conducting cutting-edge research in their field.
Study site in Laos
Promising Treatment Alternative Against Parasitic Worm Infection
Strongyloidiasis, a parasitic worm infection caused by soil-transmitted helminths, remains a neglected public health problem with limited treatment options. Swiss TPH conducted the first dose-finding study with moxidectin. The drug could become a treatment alternative to the only therapy available so far.
Novel Diagnostics to Improve Migrant and Refugee Health
Swiss TPH launched a new project on the development of an integrated infectious disease diagnosis and surveillance system (NIIDS) to improve migrant and refugee health. NIIDS will assess healthcare needs and set up a platform to support the diagnosis and management of clinically relevant infectious diseases.
Laboratory in Uzbekistan
Clinical Trial of Multi Drug-Resistant TB Treatment Offers Hope for TB Patients
A trial aimed at finding a better treatment for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis has stopped enrolling patients early after its independent data safety and monitoring board indicated that the regimen being studied is superior to current care, and that more patient data was extremely unlikely to change the trial’s outcome. » Read more
Pollen Season in Switzerland Earlier and More Intense Due to Climate Change
The rising temperatures over the past three decades have impacted the pollen season in Switzerland. These are the results of a study by Swiss TPH in collaboration with the Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology (MeteoSwiss). The study, published in Science of the Total Environment, is the most comprehensive investigation into pollen due to climate change done so far in Switzerland.
Medical staff in Tajik hospital
Swiss-Tajik Cooperation: Nearly 20 Years of Primary Healthcare Development
Two long-standing Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation projects implemented by Swiss TPH have ended after nearly 20 successful years of primary healthcare development. The projects represent a sustainable partnership between Switzerland and Tajikistan through continued collaboration and improvement, and serve as a model for other health reform initiatives.
Project Updates
Sustainable Access and Delivery of New Vaccines in Ghana (SAVING)
The SAVING consortium, funded by the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP), aims to identify and address implementation challenges for the delivery and uptake of new medical interventions. The project will contribute to the development of a health system that is ready to support with the delivery of a new malaria vaccine and other new health technologies. Swiss TPH is responsible for knowledge management and dissemination. » Read more
Clinical trial staff
TB TRIAGE+: Trial Start in South Africa
The Swiss TPH led TB Triage+ ACCURACY clinical trial, which evaluates new triage tests for the diagnosis of tuberculosis, has enrolled the first patient in South Africa.
The EDCTP-funded project is evaluating new approaches for community-based diagnosis of tuberculosis for hard-to-reach populations in Southern Africa as well as contributing to COVID-19 testing and assessing new diagnostic tools. » Read more
QHIAS: Quantification of Health Impact of Air Pollution in Switzerland
The QHIAS project, funded by the Federal Office for the Environment, aims to develop a methodological framework for health impact assessments (HIAs) that integrates recent novel insights from health research on air pollution. Health research on air pollution is expected to have great consequences for the methods of future HIAs. » Read more
Transformation in Pesticide Governance
The TRAPEGO project, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF), studies the role of evidence on diverse actors involved in Swiss agriculture with regard to their attitudes towards pesticide use and regulation.
Swiss TPH is responsible for the exposure and health assessment and for evaluating the impact of personalized exposure feedback on attitude and adaptability. » Read more
Medical consultation in Chad
Digital System for Better Refugee Health Management (SysRef)
SysRef aims to improve the quality of health care for refugees in Chad and similar contexts through a digital solution that includes tools such as electronic registers for consultations and vaccination and a database for disease outbreak alerts. » Read more
Impact Stories, the Swiss TPH blog, features inspiring individuals and their stories of navigating the lively world of global health.
Upcoming Events
7 May 2021: How Can Health Systems Promote Social Protection?
Join us at the third edition of our Virtual Event Series to discuss how social protection systems can mitigate the social, economic and health impacts of COVID-19 and other global health crises. » Register now
19 May 2021: Embedding Capacity Development in Global Health Research
The interactive panel discussion, originally planned to take place during the Geneva Health Forum 2020, will address the benefits of embedding capacity development into global health research. » Further information
Swiss TPH Virtual Symposium 2021
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International Cooperation and Global Health
In a globalised world, international and inter-culturally professional groups are confronted with complex challenges. The 8-week course is aimed at professionals from health sectors and other interested parties who are preparing for working abroad or who are confronted in their daily life with intercultural communication, migration or health in a global context. Course language is German.
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Travellers' Health
This course prepares health and travel industry staff to give relevant health information to travellers and to assess travel-related problems occurring during and after travel, with a special focus on tropical diseases. At the end of the course, participants will be able to provide up-to-date information in travel medicine, including pre-travel advice, immunizations, risk assessment, behaviour during travel and management of travel-related diseases.
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Latest Publications
Olalekan Arowosegbe O., Röösli M., Kunzli N., Saucy A., Adebayo-Ojo T. C., Jeebhay M., Dalvie M. A., de Hoogh K. Comparing Methods to Impute Missing Daily Ground-Level PM10 Concentrations between 2010–2017 in South Africa. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. » Read full article
Blok DJ, Steinmann P, Tiwari A, Barth-Jaeggi T, Arif MA, Banstola NL, Baskota R, Blaney D, et al. The long-term impact of the Leprosy Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (LPEP) program on leprosy incidence: a modelling study. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. » Read full article
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