Dept | Swiss Centre for International Health SCIH

Improve Health Systems and Population Access

The Swiss Centre for International Health (SCIH) is a service department of Swiss TPH. Its mission is to improve health systems and population access to effective health services worldwide.  

SCIH combines scientific knowledge and practical expertise and offers comprehensive, interdisciplinary and multi-sectoral services based on the experience of Swiss TPH and its wider network of associates. The department works with partners to respond to local needs, thus tailoring the services to the contexts and countries it works in. 

Mulitdisciplinary and Multinational

Approximately 140 professional staff members, representing 37 nationalities, currently work for the SCIH in Basel and abroad. Our professional backgrounds include: biology, biomedical engineering, business administration, communications, communication technology, development sociology, economics, education, epidemiology, financial management, health technology, medical informatics, medicine, pharmaceutical science  pharmacology, public administration, public health, social anthropology, social geography, social marketing, statistics.

Thematic Focus Areas

  • Health technology and telemedicine
  • Sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS
  • Systems performance monitoring and evaluation
  • Health systems support 

The SCIH is a WHO collaborating centre for health systems development providing advisory and implementation services in developing health systems worldwide. 

Services

The main areas of expertise are represented by four units led by Kaspar Wyss. The department is present in 60 countries with over 140 specialists from 37 nations and over 20 professions.

22.03.2017 - 11:34:23

World TB Day

On 24 March, we commemorate World TB Day. Tuberculosis remains one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide with annually 1.8 million deaths. 250,000 of them are due to resistance... More...

15.02.2017 - 17:00:00

Integrated Care Conference in Kosovo

The Swiss TPH today held a conference on “Moving Towards Integrated Care” in Pristina, Kosovo. The conference was organized in the frame of the Accessible Quality Healthcare (AQH)... More...

09.02.2017 - 09:27:16

Malaria Trends in DRC

The Swiss TPH conducted a large-scale assessment of trends in malaria morbidity in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from 2005 to 2015 together with the National Malaria... More...

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Box 7426<br \/>Tirana<br \/>Albania<\/p>","latitude":"41.327550","longitude":"19.818700","projects":{}},"1":{"title":"Benin, Cotonou","description":"<p><p style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; line-height: 16px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; widows: 1; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\" class=\"bodytext\">Swiss TPH<\/p><p style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; line-height: 16px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; widows: 1; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\" class=\"bodytext\">1er \u00e9tage de l'Immeuble El Dorr, Carr\u00e9 1192<\/p><p style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; line-height: 16px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; widows: 1; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\" class=\"bodytext\">Quartier Cadjehoun, 04 BP: 1566<\/p><p style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; line-height: 16px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; widows: 1; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\" class=\"bodytext\">Cotonou<\/p><p style=\"margin: 0px; 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font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\">Swiss TPH<\/p><p class=\"bodytext\" style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\">Boulevard de SAO, Quartier Moursal, Station Sabarna<\/p><p class=\"bodytext\" style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\">N'Djamena<\/p><p class=\"bodytext\" style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\">Chad<\/p><\/p>","latitude":"12.101490","longitude":"15.072770","projects":{}},"6":{"title":"Sud Kivu, Uvira, Congo DRC","description":"<p>Swiss TPH <br \/>Programme d'Appui au Syst\u00e8me de Sant\u00e9 Sud Kivu<br \/>55, Avenue d'Alliance, Quartier Nyamianda<br \/>Uvira<br \/>Democratic Republic of the Congo<br \/><br \/><\/p>","latitude":"-3.372880","longitude":"29.144880","projects":{}},"7":{"title":"Guinea, Conakry","description":"<p><p class=\"bodytext\" style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\">Swiss TPH<\/p><p class=\"bodytext\" style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\">Residence Palace, 1er Etage Bloc B 1BCM<\/p><p class=\"bodytext\" style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\">sis \u00e0 la Cit\u00e9 Minist\u00e9rielle, Commune de Dixinn<\/p><p class=\"bodytext\" style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\">Conakry<\/p><p class=\"bodytext\" style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\">Guinea<\/p><\/p>","latitude":"9.641190","longitude":"-13.578400","projects":{}},"8":{"title":"Mali, Bamako","description":"<p><p class=\"bodytext\" style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\">Swiss TPH<\/p><p class=\"bodytext\" style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\">Rue 232\/ Porte 507<\/p><p class=\"bodytext\" style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\">Hippodrome<\/p><p class=\"bodytext\" style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\">Bamako<\/p><p class=\"bodytext\" style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\">Mali<\/p><\/p>","latitude":"12.665770","longitude":"-7.972910","projects":{}},"9":{"title":"Niger, Niamey","description":"<p><p class=\"bodytext\" style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\">Swiss TPH<\/p><p class=\"bodytext\" style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\">Boite postale 11.195&nbsp;<\/p><p class=\"bodytext\" style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\">Niamey<\/p><p class=\"bodytext\" style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\">Niger<\/p><\/p>","latitude":"13.511600","longitude":"2.125390","projects":{}},"10":{"title":"Romania, Bucharest","description":"<p><p class=\"bodytext\" style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\"><a href=\"http:\/\/www.cred.ro\/v2\/home-en.php\" target=\"blank\" style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; line-height: 14.079999923706055px; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(70, 138, 178); background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\">CRED Foundation<\/a><\/p><p class=\"bodytext\" style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\">Dr. Burghelea 8, code 024032, sector 2<\/p><p class=\"bodytext\" style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\">Bucharest&nbsp;<\/p><p class=\"bodytext\" style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\">Romania<\/p><\/p>","latitude":"44.436250","longitude":"26.117880","projects":{}},"11":{"title":"Rwanda, Kigali","description":"<p><p class=\"bodytext\" style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\">Programme de Sant\u00e9 Grands Lacs, Province de l'Ouest<\/p><p class=\"bodytext\" style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\">Districts de Karongi et Rutsiro<\/p><p class=\"bodytext\" style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\">B. P. 563<\/p><p class=\"bodytext\" style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\">Kigali<\/p><p class=\"bodytext\" style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\">Rwanda<\/p><\/p>","latitude":"-1.970580","longitude":"30.104430","projects":{}},"12":{"title":"Senegal, Dakar","description":"<p><p class=\"bodytext\" style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\">Swiss TPH<\/p><p class=\"bodytext\" style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\">Cit\u00e9 Iba Ndiaye Diadji, Lot 1 &amp; 2<\/p><p class=\"bodytext\" style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\">Sacr\u00e9 Coeur Pyrotechnie<\/p><p class=\"bodytext\" style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\">Dakar<\/p><p class=\"bodytext\" style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\">Senegal<\/p><\/p>","latitude":"14.764500","longitude":"-17.366030","projects":{}},"13":{"title":"Tajikistan, Dushanbe","description":"<p><p class=\"bodytext\" style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\">Swiss TPH Representative Office<\/p><p class=\"bodytext\" style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\">Shota Rustaveli Street, house #35<\/p><p class=\"bodytext\" style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\">Dushanbe&nbsp;<\/p><p class=\"bodytext\" style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\">Tajikistan<\/p><\/p>","latitude":"38.575840","longitude":"68.791520","projects":{}},"14":{"title":"Tanzania, Dodoma","description":"<p><p class=\"bodytext\" style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\">Health Promotion and System Strengthening Project (<a data-htmlarea-external=\"1\" title=\"Opens external link in new window\" class=\"external-link-new-window\" href=\"http:\/\/www.hpss.or.tz\/index.php\/what-we-do\/health-financing\/community-health-funds\/chf-in-tanzania\" target=\"_top\" style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; line-height: 14.079999923706055px; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(70, 138, 178); background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\">HPSS<\/a>)<br \/>P.O. Box 29, Tanesco Building,&nbsp;Jamatini Area<\/p><p class=\"bodytext\" style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\">Dodoma<br \/>Tanzania<\/p><\/p>","latitude":"-6.181330","longitude":"35.746760","projects":{}},"15":{"title":"Banjul, The Gambia","description":"<p><p class=\"bodytext\" style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\">Swiss TPH<\/p><p class=\"bodytext\" style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\">1st floor, no. 1A, Garba Jahumpa (Newtown)<\/p><p class=\"bodytext\" style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\">Road Fjara Kombo Saint Mary's Division<\/p><p class=\"bodytext\" style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\">Banjul<\/p><p class=\"bodytext\" style=\"margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;\">The Gambia<\/p><\/p>","latitude":"13.476900","longitude":"-16.628900","projects":{}},"16":{"title":"Kosovo, Pristina","description":"<p>AQH Project Office<br \/>Arberia 3, Street Ekrem Rexha<br \/>C2.7 A1, Number 2 and 3<br \/>Pristina<br \/>Kosovo<\/p>","latitude":"42.66200","longitude":"21.15658","projects":{}},"17":{"title":"Liberia, Monrovia","description":"<p>Swiss TPH<br \/>16th Street Sinkor<br \/>Monrovia City<br \/>Montserrado County<br \/>Liberia<\/p>","latitude":"6.29192","longitude":"-10.77798","projects":{}},"18":{"title":"Moldova, Chisinau","description":"<p>Swiss TPH Project Office<br \/>CRED Romania - Moldova<br \/>Str. Maria Cibotari, 6<br \/>MD-2012 Chisinau<br \/>Republic of Moldova<\/p>","latitude":"47.02688","longitude":"28.82733","projects":{}},"19":{"title":"Djibouti, Djibouti City","description":"<p><\/p>","latitude":"11.57208","longitude":"43.14565","projects":{}}}}
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SCIH is globally active and has representatives based in Albania, Burundi, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kosovo, Romania, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Tajikistan, in addition to Local Fund Agents in 12 countries

Improving Health Systems Worldwide

The Swiss Centre for International Health (SCIH) contributes to improving health systems and population access to effective health services worldwide. It combines scientific knowledge and practical expertise to reduce inequalities in health.

In strengthening health systems, our approach is to offer comprehensive, interdisciplinary and multisectoral services, covering project or programme identification, planning, implementation, and monitoring & evaluation. Our services are based on evidence developed by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) and its wider network of collaborators. The experiences of our collaborators feed into the teaching provided by the Swiss TPH.

Our guiding principle is to work with partners to respond to local needs, thus tailoring our services to the contexts and countries we work in. The SCIH combines the state-of-the-art knowledge of a multidisciplinary academic institution with the industry standards of a consulting agency.

The Swiss Centre for International Health is a department of the Swiss TPH in Basel, Switzerland, and works on a non-profit basis. Any benefits generated are reinvested in creating knowledge and providing training in the field of international health.

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