Peter Steinmann, PhD

Deputy Head of Unit




Dr. Peter Steinmann is a trained epidemiologist and public health specialist with a track record of work related to neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), WASH and public health in general of 15 years. He has extensive management and coordination experience pertaining to both research and technical assistance projects, and lived in China for several years where he worked at the National Institute of Parasitic Diseases (IPD), China CDC in Shanghai.


His technical expertise includes NTD research and control program implementation in China, Central and South-East Asia, Africa and Brazil, public health, water and sanitation, health systems, data quality and surveillance, and epidemiological surveys. He has been involved in mandates pertaining to NTDs, WASH and data quality by international institutions and global funders, including the BMGF, WHO, World Bank, the Global Fund, KfW, Novartis Foundation and Agence Française de Développement, and has managed several of them.


His research activities focus on the epidemiology, significance, diagnosis and control of intestinal helminths, on leprosy prophylaxis and transmission interruption, and WASH-related aspects of public health. Currently, he is responsible for the design and implementation of the surveillance system for a multi-country project in leprosy control, coordinates a major project in NTD control and capacity building in central Africa, and coordinates the Swiss TPH input to a OneHealth surveillance project across several countries in the Indian Ocean.

Dr. Steinmann has extensively published in the international peer-reviewed literature and regularly attends scientific conferences and specialized meetings pertaining to NTD control, WASH and public health. He has further organized and conducted numerous trainings of medical personnel and MoH staff on the control of NTDs, regularly facilitates scientific exchanges at international conferences, and teaches at the University of Basel.

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