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Swiss TPH News, August 2021
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WHO Collaborating Centre for Expertise in Malaria
Swiss TPH has once again been designated as the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Modelling, Monitoring and Training for Malaria Control and Elimination, following many years of fruitful collaboration with the WHO and partner institutions in Africa. Swiss TPH will thus continue to provide technical advice, improve modelling methodologies, and offer strategic guidance on WHO policies for malaria control and elimination. The evaluation of routine data and effective implementation of innovative surveillance-response approaches will also be an integral part of this work. In addition, Swiss TPH will provide teaching and capacity building training. » Read more
Urban scenery in Laos
Collateral Damage of COVID-19 on Low- and Middle-Income Countries
There is no doubt that the pandemic and control measures indirectly effect people’s health and well-being, particularly in low- and middle-income countries where the crisis has amplified and deepened existing inequalities. To mitigate the collateral damage, Swiss TPH continues to work on a myriad of projects to support vulnerable populations around the globe.
Mother and child in Tanzania
Shaping the Next-Generation of Interventions for Malaria Prevention
Together with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Swiss TPH has launched a new project bringing together research & development, and implementation specialists, modellers and global-health experts to shape the next-generation of medical interventions for malaria prevention with a focus on children and other vulnerable populations.
Two children in Tanzania
Swiss TPH Awarded New Grant for Early Career Researchers
The Botnar Research Centre for Child Health is supporting five new research projects within its new Postdoctoral Excellence Programme to foster the next generation of scientific leaders. One of the projects has been awarded to two researchers at Swiss TPH, Gillian Levine and Tracy Glass, who will conduct work on an electronic clinical decision support tool for young infants.
Medical staff at test centre
Swiss TPH Symposium: Global Health in the 21st Century
Though much progress has been made in improving global health, many new obstacles have emerged. On 28-30 June 2021, Swiss TPH hosted a virtual symposium 'Global Health in the 21st Century', which brought together experts from the public, private, non-profit and governmental sectors to discuss the pressing global health issues of our time.
Project Updates
Rodent hookworm trapped in granuloma by immune cells
Strategies for Hookworm Eradication
Hookworm infections represent a major neglected tropical disease, affecting 700 million people worldwide and causing morbidity due to their impact on nutrient uptake and their need to feed on host blood, resulting in severe anemia. The SHE project, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), aims to identify new intervention strategies against soil-transmitted
helminths, and in particular against hookworms. It will focus on two complementary approaches, namely the identification of compounds that can be used as drugs, and of new vaccine targets. » Read more
Hands4health - Hand Hygiene, Water Quality and Sanitation
Hands4health, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), aims to develop a comprehensive approach to hand hygiene, water quality and sanitation in primary health care facilities and schools not connected to a functional water supply system. The project includes partners from academia, the private sector and international NGOs and will be implemented in Burkina Faso, Mali, Nigeria and Palestine. » Read more
Payment Layer for openIMIS
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) mandated Swiss TPH to elaborate a payment layer for the health insurance software openIMIS. Based on global interoperability standards to easily adapt to various national payment schedules and system architectures, this will enable a more versatile use of openIMIS in various countries and
utilisation scenarios. Swiss TPH will lead the implementation in collaboration with our software partner SolDevelo from Poland. » Read more about openIMIS
Quality Assurance of the Malaria Indicator Survey in Malawi
In the framework of its long-term agreement related to the Programmatic Quality Assurance with the Global Fund, Swiss TPH was mandated with the quality assurance of the Malaria Indicator Survey in Malawi to ensure all survey activities are planned, coordinated and executed according to the standard international guidelines and protocols.
Road construction
Prevention of Health Effects from Acute and Chronic Noise Exposure
Epidemiological research in the last decade has revealed associations between various cardiometabolic diseases and road, railway and aircraft noise. However, little is known about mental health effects or the most effective interventions to reduce the health burden of traffic noise. The SNSF-funded study will address
important research questions in relation to acute and long-term health effects from traffic noise to enhance our understanding of effective prevention measures at the individual and population level. » Read more
Monitor Electromagnetic Field Exposure in Switzerland
The SwissNIS study, funded by the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), aims to assess the electromagnetic field exposure in public transport, and outdoor, public indoor and private areas in Switzerland on a yearly basis between 2021 and 2025. The project consists of mobile micro-environmental measurements, home visits and continuous fixed site measurements. » Read more
Medical staff in Uzbekistan
Supporting Health Sector Reform in the Aral Sea Region
Swiss TPH and its local partner ISIDA Consulting Company are implementing a feasibility study on behalf of the KfW Development Bank and the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Uzbekistan that focuses on further developing the health system in the Aral Sea Region. Deliverables include a concept note, analysis of secondary  
data from the Ministry of Health and State Institute of Statistics, as well as the gathering of primary data collected through the WHO Harmonised Health Facility Assessment (HHFA) tool. » Read more
Computerised Decision Support Systems
Swiss TPH won the WHO project 'Mapping Child Health in Emergencies Guidelines Core Data Sets to FHIR Resources'. The project will be a part of WHO’s large-scale and long-term programme to elaborate generic Computerised Decision Support Systems in low resources settings.
Monitoring Mandate in Burundi
Gavi awarded Swiss TPH with the Burundi Monitoring Review mandate to assess the implementation progress of the recommendations from the Programme Capacity Assessment carried out in 2016 and the subsequent grant management requirements. Following a competitive process, Swiss TPH also won the third phase of the Burundi Monitoring Agent mandate, having already implemented the first two phases that began in 2018.
Upcoming Events
25-26 August 2021:Swiss Public Health Conference 2021
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM) of the University of Bern, the Swiss Public Health Conference 2021 will address key public health issues and discuss the ongoing challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to Switzerland and the world. » Register now
28 Sept - 1 Oct 2021: 12th European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health
The Centre for International Health (CIH) at the University of Bergen (UiB) is hosting the 12th European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health from Bergen, Norway 2021. » Register now
Swiss TPH in the Media
blue NEWS: "Momentan gibt es keinen Grund zur Aufregung". » Read full article
SRF 10 vor 10: Hitzewelle in Südeuropa. » Watch full interview
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Health Care and Management
The 14-week Diploma of Advanced Studies 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. Participants benefit from engaging with experts from various fields, practical application and interactive training.
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Traveller's 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.
Latest Publications
Cox H, Salaam-Dreyer Z, Goig G A, Nicol M P, Menardo F, Dippenaar A, Mohr-Holland E, Daniels J, Cudahy P G T, Borrell S, Reinard M, Doetsch A, Beisel C, Reuter A, Furin J, Gagneux S, Warren R M. Potential contribution of HIV during first-line tuberculosis treatment to subsequent rifampicin-monoresistant tuberculosis and acquired tuberculosis drug resistance in South Africa: a retrospective molecular epidemiology study. The Lancet Microbe. » Read full article
Allabadi H, Alkaiyat A, Zahdeh T, Assadi A, Ghanayim A, Hasan S, Abu Al Haj D, Allabadi L, Haj-Yahia S, Schindler C, Kwiatkowski M, Zemp E, Probst-Hensch N. Posttraumatic stress disorder predicts poor health-related quality of life in cardiac patients in Palestine. PLoS One. » Read full article
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