Expressing our appreciation of Marcel Tanner in just a few lines is an impossible task. After all, the list of his achievements is almost endless. Today, thanks to Marcel Tanner, Swiss TPH is a renowned partner worldwide in the search for solutions to urgent health problems. During his time in office, the institute’s budget increased fourfold; the number of PhD students – in particular from Africa and Asia – and the workforce as a whole increased significantly. At the same time, the number of academic publications in renowned specialist periodicals also rose considerably. Swiss TPH is represented by innovative research and service projects in over 80 countries on all continents.
Alongside his dedication to fighting diseases of poverty and improving health care in many countries of Africa and Asia, Marcel Tanner also focused on local and national health issues. He maintained excellent relationships with the University of Basel, the governments of the cantons of Basel-Landschaft and Basel-Stadt, the federal government and many private foundations. This approach enabled him to lay the foundation for the future of Swiss TPH in a new location at the Switzerland Innovation Park BaselArea in Allschwil.
Not only are his achievements impressive – but how he did it is also worthy of recognition. Marcel Tanner is a tireless professional. For him, the concept of work-life balance is most certainly not a priority. There is no country in Africa (and there are only a few worldwide) he has not visited. He responds to e-mails at all times of the day and night.
Marcel Tanner has a flair for motivating and inspiring people. He treats everyone as equals, regardless of whether the person concerned is a farmer from the Kilombero District in Tanzania, a student or Bill Gates. “We are all in the same boat,” he says. And this is an image that will undoubtedly continue to guide us!
Thank you, Marcel Tanner, for everything!