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:

Nahar N et al. A large-scale behavior change intervention to prevent Nipah transmission in Bangladesh: components and costs. BMC Res Notes. 2017;10:225. DOI: 10.1186/s13104-017-2549-1

Alcoba G et al. A three-step diagnosis of pediatric pneumonia at the emergency department using clinical predictors, C-reactive protein, and pneumococcal PCR. Eur J Pediatr. 2017;176(6):815-824. DOI: 10.1007/s00431-017-2913-0

Neumayr A, Paris D, Genton B, Hatz C. Artemether-lumefantrine treatment failure in nonimmune European travelers with P. falciparum malaria: 5.3% now and 5.3% then - need to reconsider dosing in patients from non-endemic regions?. Clin Infect Dis. 2017;64(10):1466-1467. DOI: 10.1093/cid/cix262

Stuck L et al. Can school-based distribution be used to maintain coverage of long-lasting insecticide treated bed nets: evidence from a large scale programme in southern Tanzania?. Health Policy Plan. 2017(in press). DOI: 10.1093/heapol/czx028

Letang E et al. Cohort profile: the Kilombero and Ulanga Antiretroviral Cohort (KIULARCO): a prospective HIV cohort in rural Tanzania. Swiss Med Wkly. 2017;147:w14485. DOI: 10.4414/smw.2017.14485