Consultancy and Policy Advice on Health and Disease

Swiss TPH provides strategic advice to local, regional, national and international health authorities and develops tailor-made solutions for a variety of clients including UN agencies, bilateral or multilateral development agencies, NGOs, foundations and the private sector. We apply evidence-based approaches and solutions to effectively enhance the performance of health systems and increase access to health services, in particular for poor and other vulnerable groups. 

Strengthening Health Systems Globally

Swiss TPH has a strong and successful track-record of assisting governmental and non-governmental actors in the elaboration, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of their strategic and operational priorities and policies.

Our technical assistance is based on scientifically validated approaches and interventions. We provide guidance in developing health agendas, inform priority setting and shape health sector reforms in a variety of low and middle income countries as well as in Switzerland.

We work closely with our partners on the ground to build capacity and facilitate the institutional development and change management needed to strengthen health systems and improve service delivery. Our areas of expertise include procurement of health products, financial management and administration and human resource development. We have been engaged on a long-term basis in many countries such as Tanzania, Burundi, Chad, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Moldova, Kosovo and Tajikistan.

Evidence Synthesis

Cross-Sectoral Collaboration to Tackle Diseases

We act at global, regional and local level, also in fragile contexts, and support our partners to respond to priority diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria, HIV/AIDS, neglected tropical disease, the rising burden of non-communicable disease and to addressing maternal and child health problems. We anchor our work in national policies and systems to foster cross-sectoral collaboration, and to enhance communication between decision-makers, practitioners and researchers. 

We also provide regular consultancy services to health authorities in Switzerland. For instance, we assisted the Federal Office of Public Health in elaborating vaccination and tuberculosis control strategies, the handling of food-born epidemic outbreaks (e.g. Salmonella or Listeriosis) as well as the control of non-communicable diseases.  

Prof. Kaspar Wyss

“We provide tailor-made health solutions to our partners - bilateral and multilateral agencies, governments, and NGOs.”

Prof. Kaspar Wyss
Head Swiss Centre for International Health

Inclusive Stakeholder Approach

We base our strategic advisory services on consultative and collaborative practices, favouring broad and inclusive stakeholder involvement being mindful of gender and ethnic issues, while giving a voice to poor and vulnerable groups. We also promote the use of platforms that facilitate dialogue, communication and the exchange of experiences.

Our Partners 

We collaborate with and provide advisory services to UN agencies including WHO, UNFPA,and UNICEF, multi-lateral organisations such as the World Bank Group, Global Health Initiatives (Global Fund, GAVI, UNITAID), bilateral development agencies (the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the UK Department for International Development, the German “Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau,” the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, etc.) and foundations (e.g. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation).

Developing the Roll Back Malaria Partnership’s Action Plan

In collaboration with Deloitte, Swiss TPH designed and implemented a consultative process engaging more than 1600 people from over 90 countries to develop Action and Investment to defeat Malaria 2016-2030 (AIM). Complementing the WHO Global Technical Strategy for Malaria, AIM highlights the devastating impact of malaria and positions the disease in the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

AIM calculates the global return on investment to achieve the 2030 malaria goals and guides action at all levels to   increase policy coherence, overcome health system bottlenecks, reinforce partnerships and multi-sectoral efforts, foster malaria research, and improve accountability.

AIM 2016-2030

WHO Global Vaccine Action Plan

Systematic Reviews on Immunisation

Swiss TPH produced twelve literature reviews covering the main topics of the Global Vaccine Action Plan to set the state of knowledge in areas as varied as barriers to vaccination or sustainability of vaccination programmes. The reviews will be published to inform communities, care providers, managers and policy-makers to improve vaccination services globally.

The reviews were conducted on behalf of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) which generates evidence for decision-makers to channel resources toward the most promising approaches for development in low- and middle-income countries.

Development of a Health Systems Guidance Handbook

Swiss TPH published the “Handbook for Developing Health Systems Guidance” translating evidence and providing definitions and methods to guide and improve the production, uptake and use of recommendations aiming at improving health systems and the health status of vulnerable populations.

The handbook has scored second best in an evaluation of tools that produce guidelines, is cited in WHO reference documents and used to inform policy and practice such as in sexual and reproductive health or vaccination. It has also been the starting point of the new tool to assess the quality of health systems guidance (AGREE-HS).

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