Novel Approaches to Improve Quality of Lymphatic Filariasis Interventions


Introduction: The World Health Organization resolved to eliminate lymphatic filariasis (LF), a severely disfiguring and debilitating mosquito-borne infection, as a public health problem by the year 2020 through a two-pronged approach: interrupting transmission through the mass drug administration...

Ongoing
01.09.2018 -
PhD project
United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) , United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Ecosystem Health Sciences
Peter Odermatt
LPEP - Surveillance to Evaluate the Approach and Impact of Leprosy Post-Exposure Prophylaxis

Leprosy is an infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae. After an incubation period that can last years, the disease mainly affects peripheral nerves and the skin. If untreated, it may lead to loss of sensation and result in serious disabilities. The reported number of new leprosy patients...

Ongoing
01.12.2014 - 31.12.2019
Long term service project
Novartis Foundation
Health Systems Support
Peter Steinmann
Assessing and monitoring health impacts of infrastructure development projects in sub-Saharan Africa

Background: Health impact assessment (HIA) has developed over the past 20 years as a discipline to support decision-making for projects, programmes and policies with the aim to maximise health benefits and minimise negative health impacts. While much focus has been placed on promoting the use of...

Ongoing
01.01.2014 - 31.05.2016
Research project
Ecosystem Health Sciences
Mirko Winkler
Systems Epidemiology - Systems epidemiology of human schistosomiasis and livestock fasciolasis in sub-Saharan Africa

Background

The health of humans and animals is closely related to social-ecological systems. Hence, if we want to improve the health of humans and their livestock in a given setting, we need to better understand how behavioural, climatic, cultural, demographic, ecological and socio-cultural factors...

Ongoing
01.04.2012 - 31.03.2015
Research project
Ecosystem Health Sciences
Jürg Utzinger
ZEST - Zanzibar Elimination of Schistosomiasis Transmission

Background Schistosomiasis is a parasitic infection that continues to be a major public health problem in many developing countries being responsible for an estimated burden of at least 1.4 million disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) in Africa alone. Importantly, morbidity due to schistosomiasis...

Ongoing
01.02.2011 - 31.12.2017
Research project
Ecosystem Health Sciences
Stefanie Knopp
Health impact assessment in complex eco-epidemiological settings: advancing tools and methods

Health impact assessment (HIA) is an interdisciplinary approach that aims at predicting and managing potential positive and negative health effects of policies, programmes and projects on affected communities and populations. HIA has been developed over the past two decades and became an integral...

Ongoing
01.01.2008 - 31.12.2011
Research project
Ecosystem Health Sciences
Mirko Winkler