Group | Household Health Systems

The Household Health Systems research group is a new group that draws together disparate activities of the Department that deal with interventions at the family and household levels concerning, for example, water, sanitation, indoor air pollution, vector protection (e.g. insecticide-treated nets), community/home-based management for malaria and pneumonia, and early childhood development. The intention is to discover how household health practices and behaviours can be better integrated with formal public services and become integral and supported parts of the health system. Our expertise combines household intervention trial capacity with health systems analysis capacity.

WHO and 14 collaborating research institutions have estimated that 842,000 diarrhoea deaths in low- and middle- income countries can be attributed to poor water, sanitation and hygiene. This amounts to 1.5% of the total disease burden and 58% of diarrhoeal diseases.

The Household Health Systems group has contributed substantially to this series:

For more information: WHO Programme "Water Sanitation Health"

Schmutz C, Bless P.J, Mäusezahl D, Jost M, Mäusezahl-Feuz M, Swiss Sentinel Surveillance Network. Acute gastroenteritis in primary care: a longitudinal study in the Swiss Sentinel Surveillance Network, Sentinella. Infection. 2017;45(6):811-824. DOI: 10.1007/s15010-017-1049-5

Wolf J, Mäusezahl D, Verastegui H, Hartinger S.M. Adoption of clean cookstoves after improved solid fuel stove programme exposure: a cross-sectional study in three Peruvian Andean regions. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2017;14(7):745. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph14070745

Schmutz C, Mäusezahl D, Bless P.J, Hatz C, Schwenkglenks M, Urbinello D. Estimating healthcare costs of acute gastroenteritis and human campylobacteriosis in Switzerland. Epidemiol Infect. 2017;145(4):627-641. DOI: 10.1017/S0950268816001618

Hartinger S.M et al. Impact of a child stimulation intervention on early child development in rural Peru: a cluster randomised trial using a reciprocal control design. J Epidemiol community. 2017;71(3):217-224. DOI: 10.1136/jech-2015-206536

Bless P.J, Schmutz C, Mäusezahl D. The recurrent campylobacteriosis epidemic over Christmas and New Year in European countries, 2006-2014. BMC Res Notes. 2017;10:266. DOI: 10.1186/s13104-017-2587-8