Our Partners

A culture of partnerships and mutual trust is one of Swiss TPH's secrets of success. Personal and institutional relationships led to a network of partner instiutions all around the globe. Historically, the field laboratories and research institutions in Tanzania, Côte d'Ivoire and Chad played a particularly important role for Swiss TPH and continue to do so.

Swiss TPH is a public organisation, currently receiving 20% of its annual income from the cantons of Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft, the Swiss Federal Government and the University of Basel. The remaining 80% are competitively obtained through funding agencies, foundations or clients.

Ifakara Health Institute (IHI), Tanzania

In 1957, the former Swiss Tropical Institute founded the Ifakara Health Institute in Tanzania. Over time, it has developed into one of the most renowned research institutions in Africa. Its staff members develop new strategies to strengthen health systems and to fight poverty-related diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. A special focus is on chronic diseases, such as obesity, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.

Fredros Okumu from IHI at TED Talks: a tour of the frontlines of mosquito research


Centre de Support en Santé Internationale (CSSI), Chad

Already in the 1980s, Swiss TPH had been helping to improve the health of people living in Chad. Improving rural and urban health systems was of special concern. These efforts led to the establishment of the Centre de Support en Santé Internationale (CSSI) in N’Djamena. CSSI is devoted to the control of infectious diseases in urban and rural settings and to strengthening health systems.

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

Founded in 1951 with support from the former Swiss Tropical Institute, CSRS has developed into a prime example of Swiss-African research partnership. Today, over 200 researchers and employees work for the centre. They conduct research on nutrition, biodiversity and health, among others, and implement numerous projects in Côte d’Ivoire and the greater sub-region. Swiss TPH acts as a “leading house” for CSRS as well as for IHI. Prof. Inza Koné is the new Director-General of the CSRS.

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Selected projects at this location:

The list shows Swiss TPH third-party funding partners making contributions of CHF 100,000 or more in 2019.
* = Less than CHF 100,000, but strategically important


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 (i.e. ERC, Horizon 2020, etc.), EU
National Institute of Health (NIS), US *
Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), CH
Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN), CH
University of Basel, CH


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), US
Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), US
Cordaid, NL
Eckenstein-Geigy-Stiftung, CH *
Fondation Botnar, CH
Fondation Pasteur Suisse, CH
Fondazione Adiuvare, CH
Forlen Stiftung, CH *
Freiwillige Akademische Gesellschaft (FAG), CH*
Health Effects Institute, US
Novartis Foundation, CH
R. Geigy Foundation, CH
Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation, CH
Uniscientia Stiftung, LI
Unitaid, CH *
Walter Fischli Stiftung, CH *

Public Clients Switzerland

Amt für Ausbildungsbeiträge Basel-Stadt, CH
Amt für Umwelt und Energie Basel-Stadt, CH
Federal Office of the Environment (FOEN), CH *
Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), CH
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), CH
Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS), CH
Kantonsspital Basel-Landschaft, CH 

Public and Public-Private Clients International

Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), CH
European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP), NL
Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), CH
Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, CH
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, CH
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), CH
Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), DE
Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), CH
Sanaria, US
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), US
World Health Organization (WHO), CH
World Bank, US

Private Clients

Ares Trading S.A., CH
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), CH
Conseil Santé, FR
Krebsliga, CH
Lygature, NL
Merck KGaA, DE
Novartis Pharma AG, CH
Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM), AUS
Unisanté, CH
Vital Strategies, US

Academic Partners

Biozentrum University of Basel, CH
Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d’Ivoire (CSRS), CIV
Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETHZ), CH
École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), CH *
Ifakara Health Institute (IHI), TZA
Johns Hopkins University, US
Lao Tropical and Public Health Institute (Lao TPHI), LAO
Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+), CH
swissuniversities Development and Cooperation Network (SUDAC), CH
University Hospital Tübingen, DE
University of Heidelberg, DE
University of Melbourne, AU
University of Nebraska, US
University of Oxford, UK
University of Warwick, UK
Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH), PE