Leah Bohle

Project Officer / Manager

Public Health & Development Specialist

Organisational Entity
Health Technology and Telemedicine

Professional activities at Swiss TPH

Leah Bohle is a medical doctor and social anthropologist working in the field of public health with a focus on sexual and reproductive health. At Swiss TPH her work includes technical support, project management, consultancies, evaluations and operational research. Key areas of work include adolescent and maternal health (including midwifery), HIV and tablet-based KAP studies. She has a strong focus on qualitative research methods. In addition she teaches on maternal and child health at the HCMTC course and qualitative research methods at Swiss TPH and acts as a supervisor for students. She has worked extensively in Tanzania and India, as well as in Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa, Ethiopia, Comores, Egypt, Nepal, Thailand, Kosovo and Moldova.


Current mandates

  • January 2018 - present: Project Manager; Review of UNAIDS ACT!2030; UNAIDS, IPPF, PACT. Project management including the coordination of 12 national youth consultants, country case studies and desk studies in 12 countries, survey and eRoundtable.
  • July 2017 - present: Project Manager (ad-interim); Competence centre for epidemiological outbreaks in Switzerland 2017-2020;        Federal Office for Health (BAG - Bundesamt für Gesundheit). Management of a multidisciplinary and cross-departmental project monitoring infectious disease outbreaks in Switzerland 
  • May 2017 - present: Consultant, Evaluation of Familystart, Switzerland. Evaluation team member; focus on postpartum health care provided by midwives in Basel Kanton; Responsible for qualitative data collection (Team Leader: Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Zemp-Stutz)  
  • December 2016 - present: Project Manager, International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), Development of a Global Midwifery Accreditation Programme (MEAP), global. Project management; Technical support: Development of global midwifery accreditation programme criteria with interdisciplinary team including an abbreviated Delphi method with international midwifery experts through an online platform; Two country case studies 
  • December 2014 - present: Project Manager, Geigy Foundation, Geigy Jubilee Project Award “Connecting the Dots”, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Project management; Technical lead in development of a three months teaching course focusing on operations research for the Great Lakes Region
  • Ongoing: Teaching and supervision of students. Topics: Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH); Qualitative methods including MaxQDA software


Higher education and qualifications

  • 2017: Dr. med., Thesis: 'The Social Impact of HIV-Seropositivity and Antiretroviral Treament on Women in Tanga, Tanzania. A Qualitative Study'; Department of Medical Microbiology, University Medical Center, Göttingen University and Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University FU Berlin, Germany (Defense: November 2017)
  • 2003-2011: M.A. & Pre-Diploma in Social Anthropology; Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Göttingen University, Germany
  • 2002-2010: Medical Doctor (MD), University Medical Center, Göttingen University, Germany


Past professional activities

  • July 2013-to date: Public Health Specialist (Project Officer/Manager) at the Swiss Centre for International Health, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland
  • July 2017-Oct 2017: Visiting Medical Doctor, Department for Gynaecology and Obstetrics, University Hospital Basel, Basel, Switzerland
  • 2011-2013: Scientific collaborator, Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS) and Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Göttingen University; research focusing on maternal mortality in Ladakh, India; supervision of BA-theses and teaching interdisciplinary Global Health and Medical Anthropology classes
  • 2010-2011: Lecturer, School for Medical Technicians, University Medical Center, Göttingen University
  • 2007-2008: Principal investigator for a research project focusing on the social impacts of antiretroviral treatment on HIV-seropositive women in Tanga, Tanzania



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