Swiss TPH designs, implements and evaluates programmes in maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) for over 25 years with our partners in low and middle income countries. Using a “health systems strengthening” approach we work at all levels of the health system from the community to higher levels of specialized hospital care ensuring alignment between interventions and national health strategies and action plans. Our research activities include evaluation research for national, international and global programmes as well as clinical and population based surveys and birth cohorts. A particular research focus is on social determinants of maternal and newborn health such as poverty, social exclusion and gender inequalities as drivers of health inequities.
Thematically we focus on increasing access and use of high quality perinatal health services including the promotion of safe pregnancy, family planning and post-neonatal care and follow up of high risk babies and rehabilitation services for pre-mature newborns. Using decentralized approaches we work along the complete referral chain from community services to national reference centres and provide evidence for and facilitate the updating of national policies, regulations and standards of care. We contextualize international evidence to national, regional and community contexts in order to develop effective and sustainable solutions to improve MNCH.