WHO Collaborating Centre for Modelling, Monitoring and Training for Malaria Control and Elimination

Following years of fruitful collaboration, Swiss TPH has been designated WHO Collaborating Centre for Modelling, Monitoring and Training for Malaria Control and Elimination in March 2017. “Swiss TPH is a highly respected academic institution in Switzerland, with a world-class reputation in global health research and action,” said Pedro Alonso, Director of the WHO Global Malaria Programme. “The institutes’ long-term expertise in malaria research, control and elimination will be highly valuable in supporting WHO’s capacity to implement its mandated work in the global push toward prevention and in the long term vision of a world free from malaria.”

An Expert Hub for Malaria

Administered by the Health Interventions Unit of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, the new Collaborating Centre provides technical advises that serve as strategic guidance for WHO policies. For example, Swiss TPH experts improve modelling methodologies that are aimed at preventing malaria. The agreement also aims to advance malaria control and elimination through the development and application of novel diagnostic techniques and teaching and training methodologies.

The designation reflects the institute’s historic contribution, state-of-the-art expertise and commitment in the field toward ending malaria. The activities of the Collaborating Centre are focusing around the following three terms of references:

1. Modelling of malaria epidemiology

The Collaborating Centre is assessing different strategies of control and elimination of interventions using modelling methodologies in response to requests of the WHO Global Malaria Programme teams. Work primarily contributed by the Unit Infectious Disease Modelling.

2. Molecular monitoring of malaria interventions and control programmes; innovation and validation of diagnostic techniques

The Collaborating Centre validates novel and highly sensitive techniques for potential application in drug efficacy trials, human challenges infections for vaccines and medicines trials, quantification of sub-microscopic malaria infections and understanding of infection dynamics. It will provide evidence for malaria control in terms of drug resistance management. Work primarily contributed by the Unit Molecular Parasitology and Epidemiology and the Unit Molecular Diagnostics.

3. Teaching and training in the field of malaria epidemiology, control and elimination

The Collaborating Centre is assessing the training needs in relation to malaria control and elimination in endemic countries. It provides support to develop the WHO Global Malaria Programme’s (GMP) Global Strategy for human resource capacity development aiming at accelerating progress toward malaria elimination. Work primarily contributed by the Unit Health Interventions.

The WHO Collaborating Centre is based
in the Unit Health Interventions,
Department of Epidemiology and Public Health,
Swiss TPH

Funders

The activities are supported by a coalition of funders, most notably 

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria,
Swiss National Science Foundation,
Medicines for Malaria Venture,
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation,
Swiss National and Local Government,
National Institutes of Health,
Non-Governmental Organizations.

Heads of the WHO Collaborating Centre