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:

Brattig N.W, Tanner M, Bergquist R, Utzinger J. Impact of environmental changes on infectious diseases: key findings from an international conference in Trieste, Italy in May 2017. Acta Trop. 2021;213:105165. DOI: 10.1016/j.actatropica.2019.105165

Mbuba E et al. Single blinded semi-field evaluation of MAÏA® topical repellent ointment compared to unformulated 20% DEET against Anopheles gambiae, Anopheles arabiensis and Aedes aegypti in Tanzania. Malar J. 2021;20:12. DOI: 10.1186/s12936-020-03461-9

Njoroge M.M et al. Evaluating putative repellent 'push' and attractive 'pull' components for manipulating the odour orientation of host-seeking malaria vectors in the peri-domestic space. Parasit Vectors. 2021;14:42. DOI: 10.1186/s13071-020-04556-7

Visser T et al. A comparative evaluation of mobile medical APPS (MMAS) for reading and interpreting malaria rapid diagnostic tests. Malar J. 2021;20:39. DOI: 10.1186/s12936-020-03573-2

AlKhaldi M et al. Mapping stakeholders of the Palestinian Health Research System: a qualitative study. East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(3):340-348. DOI: 10.26719/emhj.19.016