Unit | Sexual and Reproductive Health

Improved sexual and reproductive health is a key to development and poverty reduction. Gender plays a strong role within this health dimension. The unit supports governments to improve the quality of maternal and perinatal health services in Eastern Europe, Central and Southeast Asia and in Africa, with the ultimate aim of reducing the persistently high morbidity and mortality rate of women and babies during pregnancy, birth and after the birth period,

It does this through activities at all levels of the health systems and at community level. In Eastern Africa particularly, the unit promotes sexual health, family planning services and HIV/AIDS counselling, especially for younger people, and helps to overcome the social barriers that often prevent people from making use of such services.

Improving Sexual and Reproductive Health Services

The unit works to improve the quality, availability, accessibility and acceptability of sexual and reproductive health services worldwide, both at community and health systems level. Our team of multidisciplinary public health experts has professional backgrounds in medicine, nursing, social and political sciences, and health economics.

Manfred Zahorka

Dr. Manfred Zahorka, MD, MPH, EOQ Auditor

Belonging to an Institution of more than 600+ professionals working in Basel and in our local offices abroad, we can offer a broad range of services and provide tailored solutions in the area of SRH and gender issues.

We  actively collaborate with various international partners, from local NGOs, to international organisations and UN institutions, such as UNFPA and WHO. We offer our services worldwide, with a specific focus on Central and Eastern Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Central and Southern Asia, and Latin America.

Jeune S3 - Santé, Sexualité, Sécurité

The Jeune S3 Programme (2016-2020) focuses on improving adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health in Cameroon, Central African Republic and DRC (South and North Kivu). By working with young people, communities, schools, the health sector, media, religious and traditional authorities, JeuneS3 aims to strengthen the availability and accessibility of youth friendly services. JeuneS3 also work with local youth organisations to advocate for young people’s rights to quality SRH services and information, within the framework of national, regional and global commitments to meet the needs of young people.

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Nutrition Action Research Project in Rwanda

The prevalence of chronic malnutrition (i.e. stunting) among children in Rwanda is very high; stunting rates average 38% for children under five. To address these challenges, a ‘Nutrition Action Research project’ was launched in 2017 as part of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation’s Great Lakes Health Programme in Rwanda. The aim of this research project is to generate evidence-based understanding of the causes of stunting among children up to 2 years old and to provide an array of good practices on how to prevent it. Swiss TPH is implementing this mandate and employing the principles of participatory action research.

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Development of a Global Midwifery Education Accreditation Programme

The nursing and medical education is highly regulated in the majority of countries worldwide. However, midwifery education (including theoretical and practical training) is far less regulated, potentially impacting on the varying quality of midwifery education provided. The UNFPA State of the World’s Midwifery Report (2011) estimated an overall shortage of 350’000 midwives globally. The need of more midwives is also acknowledged by the World Health Organisation (WHO), stating that more midwives are needed in order to improve maternal and newborn survival. While the number of practicing midwives needs to be increased, it is of great importance to ensure that the education of midwives is of highest quality and meets international standards. The provision of midwifery education of highest quality has tremendous impact not only on the work force performance and quality of services provided, but also on the lives of women, their newborns and their families as a whole.
The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) has mandated the Swiss TPH to develop a global Midwifery Education Accreditation Programme (MEAP) to allow for the assessment of a midwifery (pre-registration) education program and certification meeting international standards developed by ICM.

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Molesworth K, Sécula F, Eager R.A, Murodova Z, Yarbaeva S, Matthys B. Impact of group formation on women's empowerment and economic resilience in rural Tajikistan. J Rural Community Dev. 2017;12(1):1-22

Bailey C, Blake C, Schriver M, Cubaka V, Thomas T, Martin Hilber A. A systematic review of supportive supervision as a strategy to improve primary healthcare services in sub-Saharan Africa. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2016;132:117-125. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijgo.2015.10.004.

Blake C et al. Scorecards and social accountability for improved maternal and newborn health services: a pilot in the Ashanti and Volta regions of Ghana. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2016;135(3):372-379. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijgo.2016.10.004

Blake C, Bohle L.F, Weiss C. Women Deliver…and so much more than babies. Women Deliver, 4th Global Conference, 16-19 May 2016. Copenhagen, Denmark: Medicus Mundi Schweiz, 2016:1-4

Bohle L.F, Abdallah A.K, Galli F, Molesworth K. To trust or not to trust? Malaria diagnostics in the United Republic of Tanzania [Poster]. Geneva Health Forum. Geneva, 19.-21. April 2016, 2016

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