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:

Aminzadeh R et al. The effect of antenna polarization and body morphology on the measurement uncertainty of a wearable multi-band distributed exposure meter. Ann Telecomm. 2019;74(1-2):67-77. DOI: 10.1007/s12243-018-0691-y

Bottazzi P, Winkler M.S, Speranza C.I. Flood governance for resilience in cities: the historical policy transformations in Dakar's suburbs. Environ Sci Policy. 2019;93:172-180. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2018.12.013

Bringolf-Isler B et al. Association of objectively measured and perceived environment with accelerometer-based physical activity and cycling: a Swiss population-based cross-sectional study of children. Int J Public Health. 2019(in press). DOI: 10.1007/s00038-019-01206-3

Brink M et al. A survey on exposure-response relationships for road, rail, and aircraft noise annoyance: differences between continuous and intermittent noise. Environ Int. 2019;125:277-290. DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2019.01.043

Brummaier T et al. A prospective cohort for the investigation of alteration in temporal transcriptional and microbiome trajectories preceding preterm birth: a study protocol. BMJ Open. 2019;9(1):e023417. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-023417