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Swiss TPH News, June 2024
Hazel pollen
Not Just a Sneeze: Pollen Raise Blood Pressure
Pollen allergies affect an estimated fifth of the world’s population. Researchers from Swiss TPH now found that high pollen concentrations increase blood pressure in allergy sufferers. The effect on blood pressure was already evident at low pollen levels and escalated with higher concentration in the air. For women and people with a high body-mass index, the effect was significantly stronger. As pollen seasons lengthen and intensify due to climate change, this effect highlights a significant public health concern. The results were published in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Research. » Read more
Child in Tanzania is vaccinated
154 Million Deaths Averted: 50 Years of Vaccination Impact
In 1974, the World Health Organization launched its Expanded Programme on Immunization. 50 years later, a study shows that an estimated 154 million deaths have been averted thanks to vaccination. In 2024, a child under the age of 10 is 40% more likely to survive to their next birthday. The study, published in The Lancet, was led by Swiss TPH in collaboration with the WHO and numerous research organisations.
Pastoralist with cattle in Chad
Pastoralists in Ethiopia Highly Affected by Chronic
Chronic pain is a major global health concern, yet data on its burden in low- and middle-income countries are limited, particularly among marginalised groups. A study by Swiss TPH and partners found a high prevalence of chronic pain among Somali pastoralists in Ethiopia, notably among women and the elderly. Results are crucial for developing targeted pain management interventions for pastoralist communities.
Woman with parasol walking in the city
Heat as a Health Risk: Need to Raise Public Awareness
Swiss TPH conducted the first nationally representative population survey on heat and its health effects in Switzerland. The results show that people are generally well informed about how to protect themselves from heat. However, many behavioural measures that can help on hot days are either not known or not actively used. This can lead to avoidable heat-related health consequences.
From left: Ibrahima Sy, Ministre de la Santé et de l'Action Sociale, Senegal, Eva Herzog, President of the Board of Governors at Swiss TPH, Sabin Nsanzimana, Minister of Health from Rwanda, and Jürg Utzinger, Director of Swiss TPH.
Ministers of Health from Rwanda and Senegal Visit Swiss TPH
Sabin Nsanzimana, Rwanda's Minister of Health, and Ibrahima Sy, Senegal's Minister of Health and Social Action, visited Swiss TPH in May. They discussed health priorities in their countries and explored collaboration with Swiss TPH in research, education and services. Both ministers, who are alumni of Swiss TPH, also engaged with students during their visit.
Impact Stories - The Swiss TPH Blog
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Project Updates
Improving the Management of Childhood Pneumonia
Doctor performing ultrasound examination Pneumonia remains the leading cause of death in children under five globally, exacerbated by antibiotics overuse due to limited diagnostic tools in many areas. IMCI-PLUS, a Pan-African-EU research partnership, aims to enhance childhood pneumonia management by integrating point-of-care lung ultrasound (PLUS) into health policy and clinical practice. A prospective randomised controlled trial in three countries involves over 8,500 children, complemented by implementation research. » Read more
Pediatric Praziquantel Consortium: WHO Prequalification Achieved
Mother and child in a hospital in DRC Another milestone in combating schistosomiasis has been reached: the Pediatric Praziquantel Consortium's new treatment option for children aged 3 months to 6 years has been officially added to the World Health Organization (WHO)’s list of prequalified medicines. WHO’s prequalification aims to facilitate the drug's introduction in endemic countries and ensure equitable access for young patients in need. » Read more
Impact of Pesticides on School Children in Valais
Tractor spraying vineyard The PARVAL study in Valais, Switzerland, is assessing pesticide exposure and its short-term impact on respiratory health in primary school children living near vineyards and orchards, including non-pesticide inhalants and pollen exposure. About 300 children are participating in the study, which consists of four test phases with questionnaires, lung function tests, urine samples and pollutant measuring wristbands. The first test took place in January (no pesticide use) and the other tests between April and June. Results are expected in mid-2025. » Read more
Strengthening Evaluation Capacities for Better Health Outcomes
On behalf of the World Bank's Global Financing Facility (GFF), Swiss TPH is strengthening the evaluation capacity of country organisations assessing GFF Investment Cases. These cases focus on reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and nutrition (RMNACH-N), advocating for investments and securing donor funding. Swiss TPH will also conduct a meta-review to generate robust evidence for informed decision-making. » Read more
Students at Swiss TPH
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Launch of Swiss TPH Alumni Network
Since its foundation in 1943, education and training have been key to Swiss TPH. Our alumni work worldwide in research, governments, NGOs and the private sector to improve people's health and well-being. To strengthen alumni ties, Swiss TPH has launched the Swiss TPH AlumNet. » Read more
Internationale Zusammenarbeit und globale Gesundheit
The Certificate of Advanced Studies course prepares you to work in healthcare in Switzerland and abroad and to navigate the complexities of international cooperation and health in a globalised world. » Apply now to start in September 2024
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Upcoming Events
28 June 2024, Swiss TPH » Innovations in Youth Suicide Prevention
3-4 September 2024, Fribourg » Swiss Public Health Conference 2024
20 September 2024, Swiss TPH » Defining the Noma Research Agenda
7-8 November 2024, Geneva » 3rd IMPACT Conference
Save the Date for Our November Symposium!
20 November 2024, Swiss TPH » Women and Gender in Global Health
Swiss TPH in the Media
RTS: L'impact des pesticides sur les enfants étudié chez des élèves de primaire valaisans » Article
Heute: Pollen-Allergie erhöht den Blutdruck » Article
Schweizer Familie: Eine besonders stechfreudige Plage » Article
Nicu Fota, Team Leader of the Accessible Quality Healthcare (AQH) project in Kosovo
People of Swiss TPH
"Working in Eastern Europe and the Balkans for many years, my focus has been on improving the quality of care and strengthening the health sector. In Kosovo, we are collaborating closely with the Ministry of Health and healthcare providers to develop the skills of healthcare professionals and promote patient empowerment to improve health services and reduce NCDs.” Nicu Fota, Team Leader of the Accessible Quality Healthcare (AQH) project, an SDC project implemented by Swiss TPH in Kosovo » Read more about AQH
Latest Publications
Hauser D A, Kaiser M, Mäser P, Albisetti A. Venturicidin A affects the mitochondrial membrane potential and induces kDNA loss in Trypanosoma brucei. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy » Read full article
Fairbanks E, Tambwe M M, Moore J, et al. Evaluating human landing catches as a measure of mosquito biting and the importance of considering additional modes of action. Scientific Reports » Read full article
Le Rutte E A, Shattock A J, Marcellino I, et al. Efficacy thresholds and target populations for antiviral COVID-19 treatments to save lives and costs: a modelling study. eClinicalMedicine » Read full article
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