PaRTERRE - Prospective cohort study on skin cancer and residential radon exposure

Radon is a natural radioactive gas that penetrates into buildings from soil. It is well acknowledged that radon is the second common cause of lung cancer after smoking. Recently, some studies found indications that radon may increase the risk for skin cancer. A plausible mechanism would be radon...

Ongoing
01.09.2017 - 31.08.2021
Research project
Environmental Exposures and Health
Danielle Vienneau
HIA4SD - Health impact assessment for engaging natural resource extraction projects in sustainable development in producer regions

The development and operation of natural resource extraction projects (e.g. minerals, metals, oil and gas) affects public health, ecosystems and societies in producer regions. The HIA4SD Project intends to analyse the conditions under which impact assessments are an effective regulatory mechanism...

Ongoing
01.08.2017 - 31.07.2023
Research project
Ecosystem Health Sciences
Mirko Winkler
SNF_FP_modelling - Multi-scale mathematical modelling of parasite, drug and vaccine interactions: optimising public health and disease elimination strategies

 

Tremendous progress has been made over the last decades in controlling malaria. From 2000 to 2015 scale-up of control and curative interventions enabled a 60% reduction in malaria death rates and a 40% reduction in rate of clinical disease. Despite these gains, we face significant challenges if we...

Ongoing
01.07.2017 - 31.07.2021
Research project
Infectious Disease Modelling, Disease and Intervention Dynamics
Melissa Penny
SNF_SA_Swiss - Evolution and Epidemiology of Rifampicin-Resistant Tuberculosis in Khayelitsha, Cape Town: Implications for Biology and Disease Control

Background
Bacteria resistant to multiple antibiotics are a growing threat for global public health and the economy. Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) and extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB) are particular problems in many parts of the world including South Africa. Yet, little is known on...

Ongoing
01.06.2017 - 31.05.2021
Research project
Swiss National and Science Foundation (SNSF)
Tuberculosis Research Unit
Sébastien Gagneux
WB Niger WASH Cash transfer - Impact Evaluation Baseline Survey Integrated WASH/Cash Transfer Program in Niger (Sahel Adaptive Safety Net Program)

SCIH/Swiss TPH was mandated by the World Bank with the implementation of the survey “Baseline Survey for the Impact Evaluation of the Integrated WASH/Cash Transfer program in Niger”. The national sub-contractor for the implementation of the survey is the Réseau International Schistosomiases...

Ongoing
03.05.2017 - 30.09.2017
Short term service project
World Bank (WB)
Health Systems Support
Peter Steinmann
Developing a modelling framework for malaria transmission prevention tools

Following years of investment in strategies to control malaria, elimination is now being considered. But optimal delivery strategies and profiles for new tools for elimination differ from those of disease control. The efficacy profiles of new drugs, vaccines and vector control, along with how to...

Ongoing
01.05.2017 - 31.03.2018
Research project
Infectious Disease Modelling, Disease and Intervention Dynamics
Melissa Penny
Piloting a new WHO framework to support the development of public health strategies on artisanal and small-scale gold mining in the context of the Minamata Convention

The artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) sector produces about 12-15% of the world's gold and occupies an estimated 10-15 million miners globally. The Minamata Convention on Mercury is an international treaty designed to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions...

Ongoing
01.03.2017 - 31.12.2018
Long term service project, Evaluation project
Health Systems Support
Mirko Winkler
Analysing in-hospital mortality and morbidity in Côte d’Ivoire: implications for HIV/Aids, Malaria and TB

Analysing routine data from health facilities across the country, the study intends to analyse trends in mortality and morbidity for HIV/Aids, Malaria and TB between 2010-2015.

The Swiss TPH provides technical supports for the Ministry of Health in Côte d’Ivoire to conduct this large-scale...

Ongoing
01.03.2017 - 31.10.2017
Evaluation project
Health Systems Support
Helen Prytherch
Cyanide use in artisanal small-scale gold mining in Burkina Faso: health effects, environmental burden and societal dimensions

Artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) is an important activity in many developing countries as it provides a primary and additional source of income, particularly in rural regions where economic alternatives to agriculture are limited. In addition to the use of mercury in ASGM, cyanide...

Ongoing
01.02.2017 - 01.03.2018
Research project
Ecosystem Health Sciences
Mirko Winkler
Capacity building in health impact assessment (HIA) training and research in Vietnam

Health impact assessment (HIA) is an interdisciplinary approach that aims at predicting and managing potential positive and negative health effects of policies, programmes, and projects on affected communities and populations. HIA has been developed over the past two decades and became an...

Ongoing
01.01.2017 - 31.12.2017
Research project, Teaching and training project
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
Ecosystem Health Sciences
Mirko Winkler