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:

Fouque F, Gross K, Leung Z, Boutsika K. Introduction to a landscape analysis of multisectoral approaches for prevention and control of infectious and vector-borne diseases. J Infect Dis. 2020;222(Suppl. 8):S695-S700. DOI: 10.1093/infdis/jiaa489

Runge M et al. Applied mathematical modelling to inform national malaria policies, strategies and operations in Tanzania. Malar J. 2020;19:101. DOI: 10.1186/s12936-020-03173-0

Runge M et al. Simulating the council-specific impact of anti-malaria interventions: a tool to support malaria strategic planning in Tanzania. PLoS One. 2020;15(2):e0228469. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0228469

Thawer S.G et al. Sub-national stratification of malaria risk in mainland Tanzania: a simplified assembly of survey and routine data. Malar J. 2020;19:177. DOI: 10.1186/s12936-020-03250-4

Yukich J et al. Sustaining LLIN coverage with continuous distribution: the school net programme in Tanzania. Malar J. 2020;19:158. DOI: 10.1186/s12936-020-03222-8