Sexual and Reproductive Health

For the last twenty years, Sexual and Reproductive Health has been a thematic focus of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) through excellence in services, research and teaching.


The Sexual and Reproductive Health Unit (SRHU) works to improve the quality, availability, accessibility and acceptability of sexual and reproductive health services worldwide, both at community and health systems level. Our team of multidisciplinary public health experts has professional backgrounds in medicine, nursing, social and political sciences, and health economics.

Belonging to an Institution of more than 600+ professionals working in Basel and in our local offices abroad, we can offer a broad range of services and provide tailored solutions in the area of SRH and gender issues.


Our priority is to work within the broader context of health sector reform and health systems strengthening to promote quality and sustainable outputs. Our key areas of expertise include:


• Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
• Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health
• Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
• Family Planning
• Health Promotion and Community Action for Health
• Accountability and Human Rights-based approaches
• Gender in Sexual and Reproductive Health


Our team works within the entire project management cycle, designing innovative approaches, implementing evidence-based programmes, and using operations research and M&E. In these specific SRH areas, we offer a variety of services:

• Project Design, Management and Implementation
• Policy Development and Technical Advisory Services
• Monitoring and Evaluation
• Operations Research
• Meeting and Workshop Facilitation
• Teaching and Training

The SRH Unit actively collaborates with various international partners, from local NGOs, to international organisations and UN institutions, such as UNFPA and WHO. We offer our services worldwide, with a specific focus on Central and Eastern Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Central and Southern Asia, and Latin America.

Centre of Excellence in Midwifery: Landscape, Accreditation and Criteria

The Sexual and Reproductive Health Unit issued a report titled “Centres of Excellence: Landscape, accreditation and criteria with a focus on midwifery” in the frame of a larger consultancy for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

The report finds that an upward trend in the establishment of Centres of Excellence (CoEs) could be observed, not only in high-income countries but in African countries alike. However, approaches to appoint CoEs in midwifery, criteria defined, accreditation processes and definitions in general differ greatly between institutions.


As global standards and accreditation guidelines for midwifery teaching institutions are being revised and newly developed in the near future, the authors recommend to use the momentum and push for the development of excellence criteria for midwifery teaching institutions. This would allow being ahead of time and prior to a potential mushrooming of CoEs in midwifery in the near future.


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