24.11.2021 ICRC Nigeria
In Nigeria, an electronic application improves quality of health care for children

An electronic application is improving the quality of health care for children under five years old. ALMANACH, short for the Algorithm for the Management of Childhood Illness, is a user-friendly application that can be installed on tablets or smartphone and is being used by nurses and community health extension workers to properly diagnose and treat common childhood diseases.

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22.11.2021 Esther Künzli
Antimicrobial resistance: the silent pandemic

For Antimicrobial Awareness Week, Esther Künzli, Ad Interim Head of the Travel Clinic and Infectious Disease Specialist, joined us to speak about the silent killer that is currently being overshadowed by COVID-19: antimicrobial resistance (AMR). In this interview, we explore topics such as the history of AMR, the impact that is has on individuals and societies, and the need for immediate and coordinated action.

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11.11.2021 Prisca Parpan
A Full Focus on Continuing Education: Portrait of a Career Changer

Pierina Maibach has been responsible for communications and media at SolidarMed in Lucerne, Switzerland since September 2020. The organization's core mission is to work with local partners to strengthen health systems and improve primary health care in rural Africa. The focus is on mother-child health and infectious diseases, but also non-communicable diseases.

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05.11.2021 Prisca Parpan
Hybrid Learning Brings New Possibilities

The MBA in International Health Management (MBA-IHM) has been on the road to success since it launched in 2013. Behind the comprehensive programme structure lies a great deal of work and organization. In an interview with the main drivers of the MBA-IHM — Julia Bohlius, Axel Hoffmann and Barbara Bürkin — we talk about the early days of the programme, the challenges and opportunities presented by COVID-19 and where the programme is headed.

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29.10.2021 Tony Kirby
Improving treatment of helminth infections

The young Jennifer Keiser grew up in Munich, Germany, and followed both her grandfather (a chemist) and her older sister (medicine) into a life of science. While studying in high school, she worked part-time in a pharmacy, and became fascinated by medicinal drugs and their structure and function. “Rather than become a medical doctor, I thought pharmacy would offer the most rewarding career for me”, Keiser told The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Today, she is head of the Helminth Drug Development Unit at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), an associated institute of the University of Basel, in Switzerland.

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20.10.2021 Melissa Penny, Danielle Powell
Melissa Penny speaks about the beauty of disease modelling

Melissa Penny is an applied mathematician at Swiss TPH who has worked in public health and infectious disease modelling for over 15 years. She joins us today to discuss the first malaria vaccine, disease modelling and the future of malaria eradication.

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15.10.2021 Lujain Alchalabi
Overcoming discrimination barriers: a refugee’s journey

Lujain Alchalabi is a Syrian refugee and an Epidemiology master student at Swiss TPH. She came to Switzerland after leaving behind her home and career as a dentist, having no idea what she would do besides seeking safety. By overcoming many challenges through her asylum process, Lujain started an independent life as a student with a part time job. Read on about Lujain’s journey to Switzerland and her recent participation in „Zeit gegen Rassismus” in cooperation Radio X on the topic of racism in academia.

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04.10.2021 Jakob Zinsstag
Spirituality and One Health

What do health and spirituality have to do with each other? Jakob Zinsstag, Head of the Human and Animal Health Unit at Swiss TPH, has worked in many places around the world and met people with different religious and non-religious traditions, views and attitudes. Time and again, he has realised that the understanding of health and well-being has many dimensions and that in his view, a holistic approach to health should include not only scientific but also spiritual aspects.

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28.09.2021 Garmie Voupawoe
World Rabies Day: Early diagnosis and prompt treatment save lives

Rabies is deadly, but 99.9% vaccine-preventable. Children under 15 years in rural communities around the globe are at higher risk of being exposed to rabies. Controlling rabies widespread in endemic countries will largely depend on responsible dog owners, dog mass vaccination, awareness, and the appropriate administration of post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for bite victims. Garmie Voupawoe, a PhD student at Swiss TPH, talks about his research on rabies burden and control in Liberia.

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28.09.2021 Peter Steinmann
Using innovative new tools to advance progress in NTDs

Great strides have been made in the fight against neglected tropical diseases over the past 20 years, but the global burden is still considerable. In order to end the neglect, novel tools and innovative approaches are needed.

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06.07.2021 Jakob Zinsstag, Lensse Gobu, Rea Tschopp and Mohammed Ibrahim Abdikadir
World Zoonoses Day: The Jigjiga One Health Initiative

The specific needs of nomadic pastoralist communities are often not considered in public services. This is also the case in the health sector. In Ethiopia, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation is supporting the establishment of a regional One Health centre of excellence with the aim to improve the health and wellbeing of pastoralist communities in the Horn of Africa.

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24.06.2021 Masa Davidović & Temi Adebayo
Twitter for Academics

For academics, the platform is becoming more popular. Twitter allows you to easily promote your research and build your network by providing links to your professional achievements, journal articles, research findings or topics of interest and reach a large number of people through tweets and retweets. At first, having an additional social network account may look overwhelming; however learning how to use this tool in the right way is very straightforward.

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20.06.2021 Barbara Matthys
World Refugee Day: together we heal, learn and shine

Access to healthcare is an additional burden for forcibly displaced people, which adds to their already extremely difficult situations. On World Refugee Day, Swiss TPH is proud to engage in several projects pertaining to refugees and migrant health. Barbara Matthys, a public health specialist at Swiss TPH, speaks about one project in particular: the Digital System for Better Health Care Management of Refugee Project (SysRef).

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19.05.2021 Jürg Utzinger
Can Switzerland beat COVID-19, Jürg Utzinger?

Jürg Utzinger is the Director of Swiss TPH and a Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Basel. His research and teaching focuses on neglected tropical diseases and the health effects of large-scale projects in low- and middle-income countries. He spoke to the University of Basel about Switzerland's handling of the pandemic so far from an epidemiological perspective.

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17.05.2021 Andrea Leuenberger
The power of film in research

Andrea Leuenberger, a young researcher at Swiss TPH, was one of the PhD students who participated in the Digital Storytellers project of the r4d programme, a Swiss programme that supports research aimed at solving global issues for development, with a focus on low- and middle- income countries. Andrea spoke to us about her work on the health impacts of natural resource extraction on surrounding communities in Tanzania, and the power of storytelling through video in research.

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22.04.2021 Julia Richter, Swiss Malaria Group
World Malaria Day 2021: In the shadows of the COVID-19 pandemic

A world without malaria is within reach. At the same time, the COVID-19 pandemic threatens progress in the fight against malaria. This year's World Malaria Day on 25 April 2021 will draw attention to the fact that further efforts are needed to achieve the goal of a malaria-free world.

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21.04.2021 Christian Lengeler
There is no excuse for the world to still have malaria

Mosquitoes infect millions of people with malaria - a disease that kills a child every two minutes. Most of these deaths occur in the poorest countries with the weakest health systems. Over the past 20 years, much has been invested in malaria prevention and treatment, resulting in the prevention of over 7.6 million malaria deaths. The progress made in the fight against malaria is one of the greatest success stories in global health, however, these successes are threatened by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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16.04.2021 An interview with Kate Molesworth
Surprising trends in unwanted pregnancies and abortion worldwide

When looking at trends in unwanted pregnancies and abortions worldwide, a lot has changed over the past 30 years. The most shocking trend? The number of unwanted pregnancies that end in abortion: 61% to be exact. "The results are alarming and show how desperate women are in some restrictive country settings: they terminate unwanted pregnancies, even though they can be punished by law, and they risk becoming infected or even dying as a consequence," says Kate Molesworth.

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05.04.2021 Marcel Tanner
COVID-19: Have we learned anything from previous lessons?

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in serious collateral damage to many health and social systems worldwide; especially in Africa. At the same time, the crisis also revealed great potential for innovation in research and development of new drugs and vaccines.

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01.04.2021 Martina Ragettli & Martin Röösli
A triple win awaits

As with COVID-19, the global health impacts of climate change are difficult to imagine but scientifically predictable. In the COVID-19 crisis, we were forced to change behaviours that had rarely been questioned in our daily routine. If we do not just dismiss 2020 and go back to life as we knew it, but rather let these experiences guide us, a triple win beckons: improving public health, creating a sustainable economy and protecting the environment.

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31.03.2021 Tamsin Lee and Carmen Sant
The power of people

Women’s History Month marks a special time in our calendars. It’s the month in which societies take a moment to recognize and amplify the achievements, contributions, voices and value of women in all their diversity to society. Tamsin Lee and Carmen Sant, two founders of the Diversity & Inclusion network at Swiss TPH, reflect on the two years that have passed since the inauguration of the network, and the work that lies ahead.

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17.03.2021 Sebastien Gagneux
World Tuberculosis Day 2021

World Tuberculosis (TB) Day on the 24 March marks the day in 1882 when Robert Koch discovered the TB Bacillus, known today as Mycobacterium tuberculosis. More than 100 years later, TB remains one of humankind’s most deadly infectious diseases. Sebastien Gagneux of Swiss TPH addresses the challenges that we face in the fight against TB and where we are in understanding this deadly pathogen.

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10.03.2021 Michael Deml
Vaccine hesitancy on the rise

Vaccine hesitancy is on the rise worldwide, so much so that the World Health Organization identified it as one of the top 10 threats to global health in 2019. Since the 1950’s vaccines have helped protect millions of people against diseases such as polio, meningitis and hepatitis, with new vaccines being developed all the time. But while vaccines have become more effective and widely available, not everybody wants them. So what’s going on?

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06.03.2021 An interview with Maryam Tavakkoli
Student Spotlight: Maryam Tavakkoli

Maryam Tavakkoli, a PhD student at Swiss TPH, researches road traffic evidence and information systems. "Studying at Swiss TPH has opened so many doors for me, like when I got to travel to the 2019 Unleash innovation lab in China and my dream come true—starting an internship at the WHO headquarters in Geneva."

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03.03.2021 An interview with Astrid Knoblauch
"All those who live under the sky are woven together like one big mat"

Stepping foot in Madagascar for the first time, Astrid Knoblauch was full of anticipation: surrounded by the song of the red fody birds and the vibration of a rusty Peugeot whizzing around, she was about to embark on an adventure that involved diving head-first into a new culture, getting bitten by a Fosa, and the use of drones for healthcare delivery.

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10.02.2021 Günther Fink
Seasonal hunger affects millions - can we fix it?

Even if you have never traveled to rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa, you have likely seen the images on TV: the bright orange soil and the beautiful clusters of straw-covered houses surrounded by gorgeous baobab trees and endless fields. But despite this beauty, the image of nature being in perfect harmony is an illusion as seasonal hunger remains a reality for many small-scale farmers, imploring the question: can we fix it?

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