Our Partners

A culture of partnership and mutual trust is one the secrets of Swiss TPH's success. Personal and institutional relationships have led to a network of partner institutions around the world. Historically, the field laboratories and research facilities in Tanzania, Côte d'Ivoire and Chad have played and continue to play a particularly important role for Swiss TPH.

Swiss TPH is a public-law institution and currently receives 24% of its annual income from the cantons of Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft, the Swiss Government and the University of Basel. The remaining 76% is raised competitively from funding agencies, foundations and clients.

Ifakara Health Institute (IHI), Tanzania

In 1957, the former Swiss Tropical Institute founded the Ifakara Health Institute in Tanzania. Over the years, it has become one of the most renowned research and implementation institutions in Africa. Its researchers develop new strategies to strengthen health systems and combat poverty-related diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. A particular focus is on chronic diseases, such as obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.


Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques (CSRS), Côte d’Ivoire

Founded in 1951 with the support of the former Swiss Tropical Institute, the CSRS has become a prime example of Swiss-African research partnership. Today, more than 200 researchers and staff work for the centre. They conduct research in areas such as nutrition, biodiversity and health, and implement numerous projects in Côte d’Ivoire and the wider sub-region. Innovative research activities at the CSRS include topics related to One Health and the fight against parasitic worm diseases.

Swiss TPH acts as a “leading house” for both the CSRS and the IHI. 

Centre de Support en Santé Internationale (CSSI), Chad

Since the 1980s, Swiss TPH has contributed to improving the health of the population in Chad, particularly by strengthening rural and urban health systems. These efforts led to the creation of the Centre de Support en Santé Internationale (CSSI) in N’Djamena in 1996. The CSSI works to control human and animal infectious diseases and to strength health systems, with a particular focus on the most vulnerable groups, especially women, children and nomads in hard-to-reach areas.

Lao Tropical and Public Health Institute (Lao TPHI), Lao PDR

For two decades, the Swiss TPH and the Lao TPHI have enjoyed a fruitful partnership. In addition to the training of health professionals in the Lao PDR and the exchange of experts, joint research projects are at the forefront. These include the study and control of parasitic worm infections and their impact, the clinical testing of drugs against worm diseases such as liver fluke infections and, more recently, the interaction of dengue fever and parasitic worm diseases with diabetes mellitus.

Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research (PNGIMR)

Established in 1968, PNGIMR is the research arm of the PNG National Department of Health. Seminal early work included research on kuru and pigbel (clostridial necrotizing enteritis). Current research programmes focus on respiratory, enteric and vector-borne diseases, sexual health and malnutrition. PNGIMR and Swiss TPH had a successful collaboration since the 1970s, particularly in the areas of malaria and tuberculosis. Swiss TPH is an institutional member of the Buttressing Coalition, a network of partners supporting the PNGIMR in its mission to improve the health of the people of PNG and beyond.

Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru

The collaboration between the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH) and Swiss TPH was formalised in 2013 with a Memorandum of Understanding. Together, the partners are working to improve the health of people in rural areas at the household level: by reducing particulate pollution in homes, or by improving hygiene and promoting early childhood development. Stella Hartinger-Peña, Swiss TPH collaborator and R. Geigy Award winner, has been an assistant professor at the UPCH since 2015.

Core Funding

Canton Basel-Landschaft, CH
Canton Basel-Stadt, CH
State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), CH
University of Basel, CH

Research Funding

Botnar Research Centre for Child Health (BRCCH), CH
EU research grants (e.g. ERC, Horizon, EDCTP), EU
National Institutes of Health (NIH), US
Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), CH
University of Basel, CH


Aeras Global TB Vaccine Foundation, US
Anesvad, ES
Baylor College of Medicine Children's Foundation Lesotho (BCMCFL), LS
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), US
Biovision, CH
Bloomberg Philanthropies, US
CDC Foundation, US
Cesvi Fondatione Onlus, IT
Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), US
Computer Simulation & Advanced Research Technologies, AU
Dubai Cares, AE
Eckenstein-Geigy-Stiftung, CH
Elrha, GB
Fondation Botnar, CH
Fondation Pasteur Suisse, CH
Fondazione Adiuvare, CH
Fondazione lstituto Nazionale di Genetica Molecolare (INGM), IT
Forlen Stiftung, CH
Freiwillige Akademische Gesellschaft (FAG), CH
Fundação Manhiça (FM), MZ
Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT), JP
Health Information Traceability Foundation (HIT), CH
Krebsforschung Schweiz, CH
Medical Care Development International, US
Moritz Straus-Stiftung, CH
Novartis Foundation, CH
R. Geigy Foundation, CH
Sint Antonius Foundation, NL
Sight and Life (SAL), CH
Skat Foundation, CH
Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation, CH
Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA), CH
Swiss Network for international Studies (SNIS), CH
Walter Fischli Stiftung, CH
Wellcome Trust, GB
Wolfermann-Nägeli-Stiftung, CH

Public Clients Switzerland

Amt für Umwelt und Energie Basel-Stadt, CH
Amt für Ausbildungsbeiträge Basel-Stadt, CH
Bundesamt für Lebensmittelsicherheit und Veterinärwesen (BLV), CH
Federal Statistic Office (BFS), CH
Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries (KFPE), CH
Eidgenössisches Departement für Wirtschaft, Bildung und Forschung (WBF), CH
Entwicklungszusammenarbeit des Kantons Basel-Stadt, CH
Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS), CH
Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), CH
Federal Office of the Environment (FOEN), CH
Gesundheitsförderung Schweiz, CH 
Innosuisse - Swiss Innovation Agency, CH
Kantonsspital Basel-Landschaft, CH
Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), CH
MeteoSchweiz, CH
Nationales Referenzzentrum für Legionellen (NRZL), CH
State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), CH
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), CH
Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag), CH
Swiss Pathogen Surveillance Platform (SPSP), CH
University Hospital Basel, CH

Public and Public-Private Clients International

Adamawa State Primary Health Care Development Agency, NG
African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), KE
African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM), ET
Agence Française de Développement (AFD), FR
Asian Development Bank (ADB), PH
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), US
Centre de Support en Santé Internationale (CSSI), TD
Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique et aux Énergies Alternatives (CEA), FR
Commission de l'Océan Indien (COI), MU
Cordaid, NL
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), DE
Direction des Services Vétérinaires (DSV), FR
Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), CH
European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP), NL
Food and Drug Administration (FDA), US
Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), GB
Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), CH
Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, CH
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, CH
Grand Challenges Canada, CA
Helse Nord Tuberculosis Initiative Malawi (HNTI), NO
Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), ZA
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), US
Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), FR
Institut de Recherches en Elevage pour le Développement (IRED), TD
Institut National d'Hygiène Publique (INHP), CI
Instituto Nacional de Saúde (INS), MZ
International AIDS Society (IAS), SE
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), CH
International Development Research Centre, CA
ISGlobal, ES
Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), DE
Laboratoire Central Vétérinaire (LCV), ML
Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), CH
Ministère de la Santé Publique et de la Solidarité Nationale Tschad, TD
Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, FR
National Center of Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases (NCTLD), GE
Norwegian Agency of Development Cooperation (Norad), NO
Nutrition International, CA
Organisation de Coordination pour la lutte contre les endémies en Afrique Centrale, CM
Sanaria, US
Schistosomiasis Control Initiative Foundation (SCI), GB
tropEd Network for Education in International Health, DE
Umweltbundesamt (UBA), DE
Unitaid, CH
United Nations Children Fund International (UNICEF), US
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), US
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), US
United States Agency for International Development (USAID), US
West African Health Organisation (WAHO)
World Bank, US
World Health Organization (WHO), CH

Private Clients

Astellas Pharma AG, CH
Bacoba AG, CH
Bayer AG, CH
BioInitials, CH
Bluesquare, BE
Bristol Myers Squibb, US
Cardno Emerging Markets East Africa Ltd. (CEM), KE
Conseil Santé, FR
Effectum Medical AG, CH
Fields at Work GmbH, CH
GFA Consulting Group GmbH, DE
Grolimund + Partner AG, CH
Health Effects Institute (HEI), US
Hemex AG, BS
International Association for Maternal and Neonatal Health (IAMANEH), CH
ISIDA Clinic, UA
Kasha Global Inc., KE
Life4me+, CH
Lygature, NL
Mapping & Analytics for Health Activities (MAHA), FR
Martin Systems GmbH, DE
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), CH
Merck, DE
Novartis Pharma AG, CH
OmicScouts, DE
OptiMedis AG, DE
Privatklinik Meiringen, CH
Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM), PG
Seboche Mission Hospital, LS
Sightsavers, GB
SolDevelo, PL
SolidarMed, CH
Specs Compound Handling B.V., NL
Syngenta, CH
Terre des hommes, CH
Universitätsklinikum Bonn (UKB), DE
VisibleSolutions AG, CH
Vital Strategies, US
Wits Health Consortium (Pty) Limited (WHC), ZA

Academic Partners

Addis Ababa University (AAU), ET
Berner Fachhochschule (BFH), CH
Boston University, US
Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique (CSEM), CH
Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d’Ivoire (CSRS), CIV
École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), CH
Forschungszentrum Borstel, Leibniz Lungenzentrum (FZB), DE
Ghent University, BE
Hanoi Public School of Health, VN
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, US
Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, DE
Ifakara Health Institute (IHI), TZ
Institut Pasteur, FR
Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp (ITM), BE
Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical Universidade Nova de Lisboa (IHMT), PT
Institutul de Ftiziopneumologie “Chiril Draganiuc”, MD
Institutul de Pneumoftiziologie “Marius Nasta” (IPMN), RO
James Cook University (JCU), AU
Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), KE
Lao Tropical and Public Health Institute (Lao TPHI), LAO
Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV), CH
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), GB
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), GB
Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU), CH
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU), DE
Makerere University, UG
Manhiça Health Research Centre (CISM), MZ
National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), TZ
National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis (ICMR), IN
Ospedale San Raffaele (SRL), IT
Palestine Polytechnic University, PS
Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research (PNG IMR), PG
Penta Child Health Research, IT
Public Health Laboratory Ivo de Carneri (PHL-IdC), TZ
Radboud University Nijmegen, NL
Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RUG), NL
School of Public Health, Accra University, Ghana
School of Social Work Fribourg (HETS-FR), CH
Somali Research & Development Institute (SORDI), SO
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ), CH
Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB), CH
Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+), CH
swissuniversities Development and Cooperation Network (SUDAC), CH
Technische Universität München (TUM), DE
The Aurum Institute, ZA
The George Institute for Global Health India, IN
Unisanté, CH
Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH), PE
Université de Lausanne, CH
Université de Neuchâtel, CH
Université des Sciences, des Techniques et des Technologies de Bamako, ML
Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny (UFHB), CIV
Universitetet i Bergen (UiB), NO
University of Antwerp, BE
University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwest Switzerland (FHNW), CH
University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI), CH
University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES⁠-⁠SO), CH
University of Basel, CH
University of Bern, CH
University of Buea, CM
University of California San Francisco (UCSF), US
University of Cape Town, ZA
University of Dundee, GB
University of Ghana, GH
University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), GH
University of Heidelberg, DE
University of Lugano, CH
University of Luzern, CH
University of Maiduguri, NG
University of Maryland, US
University of Nebraska, US
University of Oxford, UK
University of Sao Paulo (USP), BR
University of Strasbourg, FR
University of Utrecht, NL
University of Washington (UW), US
University of Zurich, CH
Weizmann Institute of Science, IL

The list reflects all Swiss TPH partners and funders that are within our project database.

The Research Fairness Initiative (RFI) is a service developed by the Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED) to improve the fairness, efficiency and impact of research collaborations worldwide. The RFI is hoped to become the standard reporting system for fairness in scientific research collaborations. Swiss TPH's partnership approach, based on the principle of mutual learning for sustainable development and implemented on a daily basis, helps us to fulfil our mission to contribute to health development locally, nationally and internationally, especially in low- and middle-income countries. We are therefore pleased to be part of the RFI from the beginning and we hope that our experience can help shape the global concept, practice and evaluation of fair research.

Read the Swiss TPH Research Fairness Report 2019