Unit | Health Interventions

The Health Interventions Unit deals with the development and field testing of new health interventions, with a strong focus on malaria. We operate a dual portfolio of service projects and research studies in a number of countries in Africa South of the Sahara (chiefly Tanzania, Ivory Coast and Democratic Republic of Congo) and in Papua New Guinea. Because of the very applied nature of our work, we collaborate extensively with the service departments in the institute. We also interact regularly with the Health Systems Research and Dynamical Modelling Unit, as well as with the Medical Parasitology and Infection Biology (MPI) research groups.


Research work deals with the integration of new interventions into the health system (for example injectable or rectal artesunate for the treatment of severe malaria), doing trials of new vaccine candidates, developing new treatment algorithms for children with fever, improving the monitoring and evaluation of national programmes, and finally developing new vector control tools and testing them in the field. All groups also aim to strengthen capacity in malaria-endemic countries on the basis of institutional collaborative arrangements and formal training courses.

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Selected projects at this location:

Allabadi H et al. Depression and anxiety symptoms in cardiac patients: a cross-sectional hospital-based study in a Palestinian population. BMC Public Health. 2019;19:232. DOI: 10.1186/s12889-019-6561-3

Aminzadeh R et al. The effect of antenna polarization and body morphology on the measurement uncertainty of a wearable multi-band distributed exposure meter. Ann Telecomm. 2019;74(1-2):67-77. DOI: 10.1007/s12243-018-0691-y

Antoine-Moussiaux N et al. The good, the bad and the ugly: framing debates on nature in a One Health community. Sustain Sci. 2019(in press). DOI: 10.1007/s11625-019-00674-z

Bayasgalan C. Epidemiology and diagnosis of brucellosis in Mongolian bactrian camels. Basel: Univ. Basel, 2019. PhD Thesis, University of Basel, Faculty of Science

Berger F.K et al. Hospital outbreak due to Clostridium difficile ribotype 018 (RT018) in Southern Germany. Int J Med Microbiol. 2019(in press). DOI: 10.1016/j.ijmm.2019.03.001