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

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:

Curchod L et al. Temporal variation of pesticide mixtures in rivers of three agricultural watersheds during a major drought in the Western Cape, South Africa. Water Res X. 2020;6:100039. DOI: 10.1016/j.wroa.2019.100039

Farnham A, Utzinger J, Kulinkina A.V, Winkler M.S. Using district health information to monitor sustainable development. Bull World Health Organ. 2020;98:69-71. DOI: 10.2471/BLT.19.239970

Fuhrimann S et al. Variability and predictors of weekly pesticide exposure in applicators from organic, sustainable and conventional smallholder farms in Costa Rica. Occup Environ Med. 2020;77:40-47. DOI: 10.1136/oemed-2019-105884

Jacobi J et al. Utilization of research knowledge in sustainable development pathways: Insights from a transdisciplinary research-for-development programme. Environ Sci Policy. 2020;103:21-29. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2019.10.003

Müller-Schulte E, Tuo M.N, Akoua-Koffi C, Schaumburg F, Becker S.L. High prevalence of ESBL-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae in clinical samples from central Cote d'Ivoire. Int J Infect Dis. 2020;91:207-209. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijid.2019.11.024