Manipulation of Human Immunity by Parasitic Worms

Approximately ten percent of the world's population is at risk of schistosomiasis, a neglected, tropical disease caused by species of the helminth Schistosoma. For the past 40 years, control of schistosomiasis has depended on the widespread use of a single drug, praziquantel. Despite its good...

Ongoing
01.12.2020 - 30.09.2021
Research project
Helminth Drug Development
Anna van Beek , Jennifer Keiser
EXPAND Chad - Expanding NTD and COVID-19 control to mobile pastoralists in Chad

The EXPAND project aims to expanding neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and COVID-19 surveillance and control to mobile pastoralists in Chad through the establishment of integrated surveillance and access to health information and services. It also works towards the prevention and treatment of...

Ongoing
01.11.2020 - 31.03.2022
Long term service project
Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), former Department for International Development UK (DFID) / Ascend - Accelerating the Sustainable Control and Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases
Health Systems Support
Peter Steinmann
Anemia Prevention - Identify Bottlenecks of Anemia Prevention and Control in the West Bank and Gaza

In response to the Ministry of Health request, this World Bank mandate planned over September 2020 to March 2021 intends to identify bottlenecks related to anemia prevention and control in the West Bank and Gaza - Swiss TPH is partnering with researchers from two experienced local organizations: the...

Ongoing
19.10.2020 - 18.04.2021
Short term service project
World Bank (WB)
Systems Performance and Monitoring
Odile Pham-Tan
ESA Commitment Evaluation - Evaluation of the Ministerial Commitment on comprehensive sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health services for adolescents and young people in Eastern and Southern African (ESA)

Swiss TPH was recently awarded the mandate to conduct the evaluation of the Ministerial Commitment on comprehensive sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health services for adolescents and young people in Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA), or in short, "ESA Commitment". This high-level...

Ongoing
19.10.2020 - 18.01.2021
Long term service project
United Nations Children Fund International (UNICEF) , United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) , World Health Organization (WHO) , United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) , United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) , MIET Africa
Swiss Centre for International Health
Adriane Martin Hilber
BAG KEA - Competence Centre for Epidemiological Outbreak Investigations

In Switzerland, foodborne infections such as listeriosis, salmonellosis or campylobacteriosis are notifiable diseases and are under close surveillance by the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH). Annually, one to three outbreaks of one of these diseases have been observed in Switzerland....

Ongoing
10.10.2020 - 01.10.2021
Long term service project
Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) / Bundesamt für Gesundheit (BAG)
Human Resources for Health
Helena Greter
Digital Technology - Policy and Technology Assessment of National Health Insurance Information Systems

There is a strong movement to apply digital technologies as a means of strengthening health systems and social protection delivery, in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) including innovations for demand generation, better management of information, and improved efficiency of health workers. ...

Ongoing
05.10.2020 - 31.07.2022
Long term service project, Evaluation project
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Human Resources for Health
Helen Prytherch
Healthy Life Project, Phase II - Healthy Life Project, Phase II: Reducing the Burden of Non-Communicable Diseases in the Republic of Moldova

Background
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading cause of death worldwide. Like many countries, the Republic of Moldova faces a growing NCD mortality and morbidity burden: more than half of the population suffers from non-communicable diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, cancer,...

Ongoing
01.10.2020 - 30.09.2024
Long term service project
Human Resources for Health
Helen Prytherch
ADOPT - Adoption of Levo-Praziquantel 150mg for schistosomiasis by endemic countries (ADOPT)

Schistosomiasis is a neglected tropical disease that poses a serious public health challenge. Current treatment recommendations and control efforts focus on distribution of praziquantel tablets to school-aged children and at-risk populations. Preschool-aged (≤5 years) children (PSAC) represent...

Ongoing
01.10.2020 - 30.09.2022
Long term service project
Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT)
Human Resources for Health
Peter Steinmann
MOOC IRM - Massive Open Online Course on Insecticide Resistance Management

 

The Global Plan for Insecticide Resistance Management (GPIRM) (WHO 2012) is the authoritative resource for Insecticide Resistance Management (IRM) in the mosquito vectors of malaria. However, IRM is an applied science, and there is a need to translate theory into practice. Whilst there are...

Ongoing
01.10.2020 - 31.03.2021
Teaching and training project
Innovative Vector Control Consortium (IVCC)
Health Interventions
Konstantina Boutsika
MR Gavi - Monitoring Review - Sao Tome and Principe

Following a Gavi Programme Capacity Assessment (PCA) performed in April 2016 by Swiss TPH covering Programme Management, Financial Management as well as Vaccines and Cold Chain Management (VCCM). Concrete measures were decided to improve the management of Gavi grants including more specifically the...

Ongoing
01.10.2020 - 31.12.2021
Long term service project
Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI)
Systems Performance and Monitoring
Odile Pham-Tan
SAPALDIA / SNC: Linking air pollution exposure models with health: the challenge of choices

 

Authorities are faced with important challenges in evaluating the health relevance of air quality and its trends. First, advancements in exposure and modelling sciences result in the abundance of spatially and temporally resolved air quality models and the absence of a gold standard poses a...

Ongoing
01.09.2020 - 31.08.2023
Research project
Bundesamt für Umwelt (BAFU)
Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Environmental Exposures and Health, Air Pollution and Health
Nicole Probst-Hensch
ARQ_2021 - Kinase Inhibitors for Adjunct Antibiotic Treatment of Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (TB) encompasses pulmonary and extra-pulmonary infections by the deadly obligate human pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB). Upon exposure to infectious aerosols, host immune responses build up multi-cellular structures called granulomas that aim to encapsulate the bacteria at the...

Ongoing
01.09.2020 - 31.08.2021
Research project
Novartis Foundation for medical-biological research
Tuberculosis Research Unit, Tuberculosis Immunology
Damien Portevin
Agent-based tracking of disease spread with dynamic models of travel behaviour in a pandemic

Epidemic models are essential tools to coordinate all aspects of the response to pandemics. Models can inform policy makers on strategies for vaccinations and testing, but also to trigger mitigation measure such as the ‘lockdowns’ used during the COVID-19 outbreak in Switzerland. Here, we propose to...

Ongoing
01.09.2020 - 31.08.2022
Research project
Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) / Programme NRP
Disease Dynamics
Melissa Penny
Rwanda Covid-19 - Improve the capacity of CHW in the Western province of Rwanda to prevent, detect and respond to COVID-19

Swiss TPH, in partnership with Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Government of Rwanda has been working for more than a decade  to support and strengthen health systems in the Western province of Rwanda. After seeing an increase of COVID-19 cases in the rural areas of the...

Ongoing
22.07.2020 - 31.05.2021
Short term service project
Swiss Centre for International Health
Adriane Martin Hilber
Microbiota-Targeted Interventions for Childhood Undernutrition

With roughly 150 million children affected, undernutrition remains one of the most important public health threats. A meta-analysis of more than 50.000 children living in Latin America, Asia and Africa showed more than a three-fold higher mortality in growth-delayed (stunted) compared to...

Ongoing
01.07.2020 - 31.12.2022
Research project
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)
One Health
Pascale Vonäsch
Rapid Assessment of World Bank COVID-19 Multi-Phase Programmatic Approach

The World Bank supports around 100 country responses to COVID-19 through loans and grants totalling over USD 6 billion. Funding is based either on the Multi-phase Programmatic Approach (MPA) model or through restructuring existing projects. The WB intends to assess the pertinence of the original...

Ongoing
25.06.2020 - 31.03.2021
Short term service project
Vital Strategies
Health Systems Support
Kate Molesworth , Peter Steinmann
openIMIS Claims AI - Claims categorization using Artificial Intelligence

The goal of this project is to develop an automatic claims categorization module for openIMIS based on state-of-the-art Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms, standards, and methodologies which will drastically reduce the manpower, resources and time required to review a reimbursement claim.

 

Thi...

Ongoing
25.06.2020 - 28.02.2021
Long term service project
PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative (MVI)
PubliCo - an experimental online platform for COVID-19 related public perception

Effective public health measures to contain the Covid-19 pandemic require cooperation between governments and society. For this to happen, political decision-makers must be aware of how the population perceives the Corona crisis, and the political decisions taken must be comprehensible to the public...

Ongoing
01.06.2020 - 31.05.2022
Long term service project
Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) / Project Funding
Society, Gender and Health
Sonja Merten
PSR South Sudan - Preparing the Programme Support Rationale (PSR) for South Sudan

The Republic of South Sudan (RSS) is a low-income country, still immersed in conflicts, with a fragile state and a complex web of stakeholders. Thus, provision of health services, including vaccination is challenging. Gavi is the main supporter of the Expanded Programme for Immunization (EPI) in the...

Ongoing
01.06.2020 - 30.09.2021
Long term service project
MistraL - Mitigation strategies for communities with COVID-19 transmission in Lesotho using artificial intelligence on chest x-rays and novel rapid diagnostic tests

The COVID-19 pandemic is straining health systems globally. Public health and primary care interventions implemented by high-income countries may be unsuccessful or infeasible in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). Effective mitigation strategies need to be adapted to the specific...

Ongoing
01.06.2020 - 31.05.2022
Intervention Study
Clinical TB
Klaus Reither