Swiss TPH is committed to contributing to global efforts controlling the HIV/AIDS epidemic. We set a particular focus on equity in access to prevention and care with particular emphasis on disadvantaged communities in rural areas and vulnerable groups, such as women and children. Activities build on longstanding partnerships with governmental and non-governmental institutions in different low- to middle income countries, particularly in Sub-Sahara Africa. In these partnerships Swiss TPH provides support through technical expertise, funding of infrastructure and human resources, capacity building and consultancies.
Our projects and activities are aligned to the UNAIDS 2016-2021 Strategy to end AIDS.
HIV Care Research in Lesotho
We conduct randomized clinical trials, observational and molecular studies addressing current challenges and knowledge-gaps around HIV care provision in rural, resource-limited settings. Our studies aim at providing insights relevant for future HIV guidelines and policies in sub-Saharan African with a particular focus on differentiated care. Aside from research, our group is committed to improving HIV diagnostics and treatment services through training, capacity building, mentoring and infrastructural support in Butha-Buthe and Mokhotlong Districts in Lesotho.
Chronic Diseases Clinic Ifakara
The Chronic Diseases Clinic Ifakara CDCI in Ifakara, Tansania, takes care of currently about 3’500 HIV-positive individuals as an integral part of the St. Francis Referral Hospital. The Kilombero and Ulanga Antitretroviral Cohort (KIULARCO) addresses scientific questions such as treatment outcomes, adherence, resistance, co-morbidities and implementation.
HIV Incidence in Pregnancy in Soweto
In South Africa Swiss TPH investigates HIV incidence in pregnancy together with researchers from the University of the Witwatersrand in a cohort of pregnant women living in and around Soweto, Johannesburg. The overall aim of the study is to determine early HIV infection among pregnant women, and to understand their sexual risk behaviors and that of their partners.
HIV Aids Targets @ Swiss TPH
Target 5: 90% of women and men have access to HIV combination prevention and sexual and reproductive health services
One of the most cost effective approaches to combat the HIV epidemic consists in increasing and assuring the use of condoms among the sexually active population. Social marketing through offering subsidized products is a commonly used strategy in HIV prevention. In consequence, Swiss TPH supports the social marketing of male and female condoms by national marketing associations along behavioural changes among adolescents and high risks groups such as lorry drivers or female sex workers. In Congo, the Central Africa Republic, Cameroun and Chad, Swiss TPH could over the last decade contribute to improve the accessibility and use of male and female condoms thereby making a significant contribution to the reduction of new HIV/AIDS cases.