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Swiss TPH News, April 2022
Opening ceremony
Swiss TPH Opens New Headquarters
On 1 April 2022, the new headquarters of Swiss TPH officially opened in Allschwil, Switzerland. 700 employees and students will now work, research and study in the new building designed by Basel architects Kunz und Mösch. More than 300 guests attended the inauguration from politics, the private sector and academia, as well as from the local neighbourhood of BaseLink, an emerging life science cluster.
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Our New Film
Film still We are proud to share the new Swiss TPH film, which provides a glimpse into the diversity of areas in which we work, our expertise as a global health institute, and highlights what makes Swiss TPH particularly special: the people who work here. » Enjoy watching
A 9-year-old noma survivor from Kano State, right after his second stage surgery at the Noma Hospital in Sokoto.
Increasing Awareness of Noma
There is limited data on the incidence and prevalence of noma, which hinders management and treatment of this devastating disease that mainly affects children in very poor communities. Swiss TPH researchers have contributed to a better understanding of this disease by conducting a rigorous systematic literature review on the distribution of noma, laying the groundwork for improved interventions.
School children in Laos
Gut Microbiota Influences Parasitic Worms Treatment
Almost a quarter of the world's population is at risk of helminth infections and available treatment options are limited. Therefore, it is crucial to understand why anti-parasitic drugs fail in certain cases. A new study by Swiss TPH published in Nature Communications sheds light on how gut bacteria affect treatment outcomes against parasitic worms.
One Health Initiative for Food Safety in Palestine
The One Health Initiative for Food Safety aims to develop a One Health approach for Palestine. We spoke to Said Abukhattab, PhD student at Swiss TPH, about conducting his research in a politically unstable environment and the importance of one health as a way to improve global health.
Impact of Climate Change
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC, the United Nations' body for assessing the existing knowledge on climate change, recently published its report "Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability", with a contribution by Guéladio Cissé from Swiss TPH on the topic of health, well-being and the changing structures of communities.
Malaria modell
Malaria Modelling as a Tool to Support Policy-Making
In a correspondence published in Nature Medicine, researchers from Swiss TPH highlight the pivotal role of dynamical malaria modelling to take into account malaria's complexity and test implementation scenarios to support new policy strategies.
CABI One Health is Now Accepting Submissions
The transdisciplinary open access journal is looking for papers that focus on the interconnections between humans, animals, plants, ecosystems and their shared environment in a truly transdisciplinary way. Jakob Zinsstag from Swiss TPH acts as editor-in-chief.
River in Laos
Gut Microbes - Friends or Foes?
Julian Dommann, a Master’s Student at Swiss TPH, was part of a study that found an association between gut-microbial community and drug efficacy against soil transmitted helminth infections. Read more about his experience in the field on our blog. » Impact Stories
Project Updates
Improving Patient Care with an Electronic Decision Support System
Doctor with patients Swiss TPH and Médecins sans frontiers (MSF) collaborate in a new project on digitising clinical protocols with the aim to develop a new tool to improve quality of care in low-income settings. The resulting Clinical Decision Support System will empower frontline healthcare workers to perform a structured clinical assessment, eventually leading to diagnosis and treatment recommendations. » Read more
Accessible Quality Healthcare (AQH) in Kosovo
Doctor and patient Kosovo has the lowest life expectancy in the Balkans and primary healthcare plays an essential role in non-communicable disease prevention. Researchers from Swiss TPH collected data from a cohort study within the AQH project and found that poor nutrition, physical inactivity, obesity and smoking were common risk factors for cardiovascular diseases among patients. » Read full article
Innovative Disease Prevention for Animals and People
Experience capitalisation in Kenya For over 15 years, Biovision supported malaria and African animal trypanosomiasis integrated vector management (IVM) research and control programmes in Kenya. Swiss TPH performed an experience capitalisation for greater impact and developed recommendations for Biovision's future engagements in the field of IVM. One of the main recommendations was to increase commitment to One Health approaches to promote innovative diseases prevention. » Read more
Improving Access to Malaria Care and Services in Cameroon
Within the GIZ BACKUP programme, a new project led by Swiss TPH aims to contribute to better transparency of payment for malaria care and services in Cameroon by developing a strategy to monitor treatments and costs through the use of the openIMIS programme. The project has been launched in selected health districts on a pilot basis. » Read more
NICE: Nutrition in City Ecosystems
Women farmers in Kenya The NICE project, which works with partners Sight and Life, ETH Zürich and the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture and local governments in Bangladesh, Kenya and Rwanda to increase the availability and production of healthy food, was showcased at the Private Sector Mechanism Gender Roundtable Business Accelerating Gender Equality and Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment in Food System on 7 April 2022. » Read more about NICE
Gender Dynamics of Community-Led Interventions
Community Led Total Sanitation is a sustainable, low-cost participatory approach that aims to mobilise communities to eliminate open defecation and improve sanitation. Embedded in the Health Promotion and System Strengthening (HPSS) project in Tanzania, a new study assessed the gender dynamics of participation by describing the involvement of women and men and identifying the challenges faced in improving hygiene and sanitation. » Read full article
Upcoming Events
27 April 2022: Webinar: Community-Based COVID-19 Testing in Lesotho and Zambia
This event hosted by the Botnar Research Center for Child Health (BRCCH) will highlight research progress of the project with Kwame Shanaube from Zambart and Klaus Reither from Swiss TPH on the effects of community-led interventions during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lesotho and Zambia. » Register now
3-5 May 2022: COVID-19 Pandemic and Environmental Emergency – Reinventing Global Health in Times of Global Changes
The Geneva Health Forum will offer a platform to discuss the immense challenges of the intertwinement of human, animal and environmental health. Swiss TPH will take part in sessions on mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic, sustainable pharmaceutical distribution in African countries and the health of nomadic pastoralists. » Register now
In the Media
Telebasel: Neubau des Swiss TPH in Allschwil eingeweiht. » TV feature
SRF: Interview with Nicole Probst-Hensch. » Radio broadcast
Health Policy Watch: COVID-19 Pandemic Has Highlighted the Importance of ‘One Health’ Collaborations. » Article
Study with Us
Health Care and Management
We were thrilled to welcome students from nine countries to our new headquarters in Allschwil to kick off the 27th Health Care and Management course. The course provides them with the core competencies to understand and react to health challenges. If you are interested in joining the next course, please visit our » HCM website.
Photo 1: Students; Photo 2: Rural scenery in Tanzania
International Cooperation and Global Health
In a globalised world, international professional groups are confronted with complex challenges. This 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. The course language is German.
Boy riding on water buffalo
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 and behaviour during travel and management of travel-related diseases.
Latest Publications
De Schrijver E, Bundo M, Ragettli M, et. al. Nationwide Analysis of the Heat- and Cold-Related Mortality Trends in Switzerland between 1969 and 2017: The Role of Population Aging. Environmental Health Perspectives » Read full article
Mpina M, Stabler TC, Schindler T, et al. Diagnostic performance and comparison of ultrasensitive and conventional rapid diagnostic test, thick blood smear and quantitative PCR for detection of low-density Plasmodium falciparum infections during a controlled human malaria infection study. Malaria Journal » Read full article
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