Kaspar Wyss, Professor, PhD, MPH

Head of Department

Public Health Specialist and Epidemiologist

Organisational Entity
Swiss Centre for International Health

 Kaspar Wyss, PhD, is a Public Health Specialist, Professor and Head of Department of the Swiss Centre for International Health, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute. Kaspar Wyss has strong management and leadership experience and is in charge of a team of over 50 staff in Basel focusing on health systems development primarily in low- and middle income countries.

Activities relate to both research and health system strengthening and performance assessment, with a specific interest in the role and importance of human resources for health and primary care. He directs a number of research and implementation projects in Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia among else the Horizon 2020 program “Strengthening management at district level to support the achievement of Universal Health Coverage (PERFORM2scale).

He holds extensive consultancy experiences for a broad range of clients such as the World Bank, the Swiss Agency for Development or the German GiZ and KfW.

For the University of Basel and other universities he teaches on health systems. Kaspar Wyss acts further as supervisor for several PhD and MSc students.

Liwanag H.J, Wyss K. Optimising decentralisation for the health sector by exploring the synergy of decision space, capacity and accountability: insights from the Philippines. Health Res Policy Syst. 2019;17:4. DOI: 10.1186/s12961-018-0402-1

Schubiger M et al. Informing the medical education reform in Tajikistan: evidence on the learning environment at two nursing colleges. BMC Med Educ. 2019;19:85. DOI: 10.1186/s12909-019-1515-0

Auer C et al. Health-seeking behaviour and treatment delay in patients with pulmonary tuberculosis in Switzerland: some slip through the net. Swiss Med Wkly. 2018;148(35-36):w14659. DOI: 10.4414/smw.2018.14659

Crivelli M, Wyss K, Grize L, Matthys B, Aebi T, Zemp E. Are overweight and obesity in children risk factors for anemia in early childhood? Results from a national nutrition survey in Tajikistan. Int J Public Health. 2018;63(4):491-499. DOI: 10.1007/s00038-018-1088-4

Lingg M, Dreser A, DurĂ¡n-Arenas L, Wyss K. Strategies to improve the medical device life cycle in Mexico. Salud Publica Mex. 2018;60(4):462-471. DOI: 10.21149/9060

Liwanag H.J, Wyss K. What conditions enable decentralization to improve the health system? Qualitative analysis of perspectives on decision space after 25 years of devolution in the Philippines. PLoS One. 2018;13(11):e0206809. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0206809

Martineau T et al. Strengthening health district management competencies in Ghana, Tanzania and Uganda: lessons from using action research to improve health workforce performance. BMJ Glob Health. 2018;3(2):e000619. DOI: 10.1136/bmjgh-2017-000619

Oraro T, Ngube N, Atohmbom G.Y, Srivastava S, Wyss K. The influence of gender and household headship on voluntary health insurance: the case of North-West Cameroon. Health Policy Plan. 2018;33(2):163-170. DOI: 10.1093/heapol/czx152

Oraro T, Wyss K. How does membership in local savings groups influence the determinants of national health insurance demand? A cross-sectional study in Kisumu, Kenya. Int J Equity Health. 2018;17:170. DOI: 10.1186/s12939-018-0889-7

Prytherch H et al. Improving the quality of primary health care through the reform of medical education in Tajikistan. Public Health Panorama. 2018;4(3):491-735

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