Agent-based tracking of disease spread with dynamic models of travel behaviour in a pandemic

Epidemic models are essential tools to coordinate all aspects of the response to pandemics. Models can inform policy makers on strategies for vaccinations and testing, but also to trigger mitigation measure such as the ‘lockdowns’ used during the COVID-19 outbreak in Switzerland. Here, we propose to...

Ongoing
01.09.2020 - 31.08.2022
Research project
Swiss National and Science Foundation (SNSF) / Programme NRP
Disease Dynamics
Melissa Penny
Rwanda Covid-19 - Improve the capacity of CHW in the Western province of Rwanda to prevent, detect and respond to COVID-19

Swiss TPH, in partnership with Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Government of Rwanda has been working for more than a decade  to support and strengthen health systems in the Western province of Rwanda. After seeing an increase of COVID-19 cases in the rural areas of the...

Ongoing
22.07.2020 - 31.05.2021
Short term service project
Swiss Centre for International Health
Adriane Martin Hilber
Microbiota-Targeted Interventions for Childhood Undernutrition

With roughly 150 million children affected, undernutrition remains one of the most important public health threats. A meta-analysis of more than 50.000 children living in Latin America, Asia and Africa showed more than a three-fold higher mortality in growth-delayed (stunted) compared to...

Ongoing
01.07.2020 - 31.12.2022
Research project
One Health
Pascale Vonäsch
openIMIS Claims AI - Claims categorization using Artificial Intelligence

The goal of this project is to develop an automatic claims categorization module for openIMIS based on state-of-the-art Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms, standards, and methodologies which will drastically reduce the manpower, resources and time required to review a reimbursement claim.

 

Thi...

Ongoing
25.06.2020 - 28.02.2021
Long term service project
Health Technology and Telemedicine (bis 30.9.20)
Martin Raab
Rapid Assessment of World Bank COVID-19 Multi-Phase Programmatic Approach

 

The World Bank supports around 100 country responses to COVID-19 through loans and grants totalling over USD 6 billion. Funding is based either on the Multi-phase Programmatic Approach (MPA) model or through restructuring existing projects. The WB intends to assess the pertinence of the original...

Ongoing
25.06.2020 - 31.12.2020
Short term service project
Vital Strategies
Human Resources for Health
Kate Molesworth , Peter Steinmann
PubliCo - an experimental online platform for COVID-19 related public perception

Effective public health measures to contain the Covid-19 pandemic require cooperation between governments and society. For this to happen, political decision-makers must be aware of how the population perceives the Corona crisis, and the political decisions taken must be comprehensible to the public...

Ongoing
01.06.2020 - 31.05.2022
Long term service project
Society, Gender and Health
Sonja Merten
PSR South Sudan - Preparing the Programme Support Rationale (PSR) for South Sudan

The Republic of South Sudan (RSS) is a low-income country, still immersed in conflicts, with a fragile state and a complex web of stakeholders. Thus, provision of health services, including vaccination is challenging. Gavi is the main supporter of the Expanded Programme for Immunization (EPI) in the...

Ongoing
01.06.2020 - 30.09.2021
Long term service project
Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI)
Data Evidence Evaluation and Policy
Xavier Bosch-Capblanch
MistraL - Mitigation strategies for communities with COVID-19 transmission in Lesotho using artificial intelligence on chest x-rays and novel rapid diagnostic tests

The COVID-19 pandemic is straining health systems globally. Public health and primary care interventions implemented by high-income countries may be unsuccessful or infeasible in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). Effective mitigation strategies need to be adapted to the specific...

Ongoing
01.06.2020 - 31.05.2022
Intervention Study
Clinical TB
Klaus Reither
DAVINCI - Development and Validation of a Laminar Flow Test to Diagnose COVID-19 in Saliva

This project addresses the currently crucial needs in the area of validated point-of-care (PoC) diagnostics for use at every level in the population. We will develop and validate a simple inexpensive accurate rapid diagnostic test using the easily accessible non-invasive sample specimen saliva and...

Ongoing
01.06.2020 - 30.06.2022
Research project
Botnar Research Centre for Child Health (BRCCH)
Medicine
Daniel Paris
MODCOVID - Using model-based evidence to optimise medical intervention profiles and disease management strategies for COVID-19 control

Background: Country governments have imposed strict spatial distancing and lockdown measures to reduce infection incidence and associated disease burden of coronavirus infectious disease (COVID- 19). As of April 7th, there is no proven medical or pharmaceutical tool to prevent or treat the disease....

Ongoing
01.06.2020 - 31.12.2022
Research project
MOBI-AIR - Accounting for MOBility in AIR pollution exposure estimates in studies on long-term health effects.

Large scale epidemiological studies investigating long-term health effects of air pollution can typically only consider the residential locations of the participants, thereby ignoring the space-time activity patterns that likely influence total exposure. People are mobile and can be exposed to...

Ongoing
01.06.2020 - 31.05.2023
Research project
Environmental Exposures and Health
Kees de Hoogh
Evaluation - Girl Effect

Swiss TPH was mandated to conduct the independent evaluation of the Gavi-Girl Effect Partnership which is aimed at increasing the uptake of HPV vaccination, encouraging broader integrated health seeking behaviour amongst adolescent girls, and improving the perception and experience of vaccination....

Ongoing
11.05.2020 - 31.12.2020
Short term service project
Girl Effect
Swiss Centre for International Health
Adriane Martin Hilber
D4H - Civil Registration and Vital Statisics - CRVS

As one of its major activities, the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Program of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health (D4H) initiative supports countries to integrate cause of death (CoD) data into their CRVS system. Seamless integration of the CoDs generated from various data...

Ongoing
01.05.2020 - 31.12.2020
Short term service project
Health Technology and Telemedicine (bis 30.9.20)
Martin Raab
CORESMA - COVID-19-Outbreak Response combining E-health, Serolomics, Modelling, Artificial Intelligence and Implementation Research

Among the biggest challenges in the COVID-19 outbreak are the lack of triangulation of clinical, epidemiologic and immunological information for evidence- based response strategies.

The overriding ambition of the CORESMA project is to overcome this deficit through field studies and implementation...

Ongoing
01.04.2020 - 31.03.2023
Research project
Swiss Centre for International Health
Kaspar Wyss
BlockRabies - Blockchain high coverage rabies post-exposure prophylaxis to achieve zero human rabies deaths in Africa

Dog mediated rabies still kills more than 60’000 people every year. This indicates a significant failure of current health systems in developing countries, with very poor access of exposed patients to quality rabies post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP). This lack of accessibility is mainly due to...

Ongoing
01.04.2020 - 31.03.2024
Clinical Trial
European Commission (EU) / European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP2)
One Health
Jakob Zinsstag
Implementation of Almanach / ICRC Somalia

The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) developed an innovative eHealth tool to respond to the primary health needs of children under the age of five years. The ‘ALMANACH’, ALgorithm for the MANAgement of CHildhood illness, is a novel clinical decision support system (CDSS) that...

Ongoing
01.04.2020 - 31.12.2020
Long term service project
Health Technology and Telemedicine (bis 30.9.20)
Martin Raab
VITAL - Assessment of a viral load result-driven automated Differentiated Service Delivery Model for participants taking antiretroviral therapy in Lesotho

To sustainably provide good quality care to over 16.4 million people living with HIV on antiretroviral therapy in sub-Saharan Africa, care delivery has to shift from a “one-size-fits-all” approach to differentiated service delivery models. Such models should reallocate resources from patients who...

Ongoing
31.03.2020 - 01.04.2023
Clinical Trial
Clinical Research Unit
Nadine Bachmann , Niklaus Labhardt
Delivering an integrated decision analysis, monitoring & evaluation infrastructure to support more effective and responsive child and youth mental health systems

Mental illness in early life can have a devastating effect on the social, educational and economic future of young people, which in turn influences the mental wealth of countries across the globe. With over half the world’s population living in urban areas, decision-makers, who are often...

Ongoing
01.03.2020 - 28.02.2022
Long term service project
Fondation BOTNAR
Systems Performance and Monitoring
Salvador Camacho
EXPANSE - EXposome Powered tools for healthy living in urbAN SEttings

By 2030 more than 80% of Europe’s population will live and interact with a complex urban environment, consisting of a mixture of social and environmental factors. These factors include: where we live and work, where and what we eat, our social network, and what chemical substances we are exposed...

Ongoing
01.02.2020 - 31.12.2024
Research project
Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Environmental Exposures and Health
Nicole Probst-Hensch , Kees de Hoogh
Policy Gambia - Technical Support to the National Social Protection Policy of the Gambia

Conseil Santé (France), in association with SOFRECO (France) and the Swiss Tropical Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH, Switzerland), has been selected for this European Union funded project to provide Technical Assistance (TA) support to the National Social Protection Policy of The Gambia.
This TA...

Ongoing
01.02.2020 - 01.02.2023
Long term service project
Conseil Santé S.A.
Human Resources for Health
Manfred Stoermer