Unit | Health Interventions

The Health Interventions Unit deals with the development and field testing of new health interventions, with a strong focus on malaria. We operate a dual portfolio of service projects and research studies in a number of countries in Africa South of the Sahara (chiefly Tanzania, Ivory Coast and Democratic Republic of Congo) and in Papua New Guinea. Because of the very applied nature of our work, we collaborate extensively with the service departments in the institute. We also interact regularly with the Health Systems Research and Dynamical Modelling Unit, as well as with the Medical Parasitology and Infection Biology (MPI) research groups.


Research work deals with the integration of new interventions into the health system (for example injectable or rectal artesunate for the treatment of severe malaria), doing trials of new vaccine candidates, developing new treatment algorithms for children with fever, improving the monitoring and evaluation of national programmes, and finally developing new vector control tools and testing them in the field. All groups also aim to strengthen capacity in malaria-endemic countries on the basis of institutional collaborative arrangements and formal training courses.

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Selected projects at this location:

Ahorlu C.S et al. Understanding the gap between access and use: a qualitative study on barriers and facilitators to insecticide-treated net use in Ghana. Malar J. 2019;18:417. DOI: 10.1186/s12936-019-3051-0

Ateudjieu J, Stoll B, Bisseck A.C, Tembei A.M, Genton B. Safety profile of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine (Menafrivac™) in clinical trials and vaccination campaigns: a review of published studies. Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2019(in press). DOI: 10.1080/21645515.2019.1652041

Batista E.P.A et al. Videographic analysis of flight behaviours of host-seeking Anopheles arabiensis towards BG-Malaria trap. PLoS One. 2019;14(7):e0220563. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0220563

Blanc J et al. Retrospective study on the usefulness of pulse oximetry for the identification of young children with severe illnesses and severe pneumonia in a rural outpatient clinic of Papua New Guinea. PLoS One. 2019;14(4):e0213937. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0213937

Brattig N.W, Tanner M, Bergquist R, Utzinger J. Impact of Environmental Changes on Infectious Diseases: key findings from an international conference in Trieste, Italy in May 2017. Acta Trop. 2019(in press). DOI: 10.1016/j.actatropica.2019.105165