31.03.2021 Tamsin Lee and Carmen Sant
The power of people

Women’s History Month marks a special time in our calendars. It’s the month in which societies take a moment to recognize and amplify the achievements, contributions, voices and value of women in all their diversity to society. Tamsin Lee and Carmen Sant, two founders of the Diversity & Inclusion network at Swiss TPH, reflect on the two years that have passed since the inauguration of the network, and the work that lies ahead.

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17.03.2021 Martina Ragettli & Martin Röösli
A triple win awaits

As with COVID-19, the global health impacts of climate change are difficult to imagine but scientifically predictable. In the COVID-19 crisis, we were forced to change behaviours that had rarely been questioned in our daily routine. If we do not just dismiss 2020 and go back to life as we knew it, but rather let these experiences guide us, a triple win beckons: improving public health, creating a sustainable economy and protecting the environment.

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17.03.2021 Sebastien Gagneux
World Tuberculosis Day 2021

World Tuberculosis (TB) Day on the 24 March marks the day in 1882 when Robert Koch discovered the TB Bacillus, known today as Mycobacterium tuberculosis. More than 100 years later, TB remains one of humankind’s most deadly infectious diseases. Sebastien Gagneux of Swiss TPH addresses the challenges that we face in the fight against TB and where we are in understanding this deadly pathogen.

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10.03.2021 Michael Deml
Vaccine hesitancy on the rise

Vaccine hesitancy is on the rise worldwide, so much so that the World Health Organization identified it as one of the top 10 threats to global health in 2019. Since the 1950’s vaccines have helped protect millions of people against diseases such as polio, meningitis and hepatitis, with new vaccines being developed all the time. But while vaccines have become more effective and widely available, not everybody wants them. So what’s going on?

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03.03.2021 An interview with Astrid Knoblauch
"All those who live under the sky are woven together like one big mat"

Stepping foot in Madagascar for the first time, Astrid Knoblauch was full of anticipation: surrounded by the song of the red fody birds and the vibration of a rusty Peugeot whizzing around, she was about to embark on an adventure that involved diving head-first into a new culture, getting bitten by a Fosa, and the use of drones for healthcare delivery.

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24.02.2021 Marcel Tanner
COVID-19: Have we learned anything from previous lessons?

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in serious collateral damage to many health and social systems worldwide; especially in Africa. At the same time, the crisis also revealed great potential for innovation in research and development of new drugs and vaccines.

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17.02.2021 An interview with Kate Molesworth
Surprising trends in unwanted pregnancies and abortion worldwide

When looking at trends in unwanted pregnancies and abortions worldwide, a lot has changed over the past 30 years. The most shocking trend? The number of unwanted pregnancies that end in abortion: 61% to be exact. "The results are alarming and show how desperate women are in some restrictive country settings: they terminate unwanted pregnancies, even though they can be punished by law, and they risk becoming infected or even dying as a consequence," says Kate Molesworth.

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10.02.2021 Günther Fink
Seasonal hunger affects millions - can we fix it?

Even if you have never traveled to rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa, you have likely seen the images on TV: the bright orange soil and the beautiful clusters of straw-covered houses surrounded by gorgeous baobab trees and endless fields. But despite this beauty, the image of nature being in perfect harmony is an illusion as seasonal hunger remains a reality for many small-scale farmers, imploring the question: can we fix it?

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03.02.2021 An interview with Maryam Tavakkoli
Student Spotlight: Maryam Tavakkoli

Maryam Tavakkoli, a PhD student at Swiss TPH, researches road traffic evidence and information systems. "Studying at Swiss TPH has opened so many doors for me, like when I got to travel to the 2019 Unleash innovation lab in China and my dream come true—starting an internship at the WHO headquarters in Geneva."

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