Our Partners

A culture of partnership and mutual trust is one the secrets of Swiss TPH's success. Personal and institutional relationships have led to a network of partner institutions around the world. Historically, the field laboratories and research facilities in Tanzania, Côte d'Ivoire and Chad have played and continue to play a particularly important role for Swiss TPH.

Swiss TPH is a public-law institution and currently receives 24% of its annual income from the cantons of Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft, the Swiss Government and the University of Basel. The remaining 76% is raised competitively from funding agencies, foundations and clients.

Ifakara Health Institute (IHI), Tanzania

In 1957, the former Swiss Tropical Institute founded the Ifakara Health Institute in Tanzania. Over the years, it has become one of the most renowned research and implementation institutions in Africa. Its researchers develop new strategies to strengthen health systems and combat poverty-related diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. A particular focus is on chronic diseases, such as obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.


Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques (CSRS), Côte d’Ivoire

Founded in 1951 with the support of the former Swiss Tropical Institute, the CSRS has become a prime example of Swiss-African research partnership. Today, more than 200 researchers and staff work for the centre. They conduct research in areas such as nutrition, biodiversity and health, and implement numerous projects in Côte d’Ivoire and the wider sub-region. Innovative research activities at the CSRS include topics related to One Health and the fight against parasitic worm diseases.

Swiss TPH acts as a “leading house” for both the CSRS and the IHI. 

Centre de Support en Santé Internationale (CSSI), Chad

Since the 1980s, Swiss TPH has contributed to improving the health of the population in Chad, particularly by strengthening rural and urban health systems. These efforts led to the creation of the Centre de Support en Santé Internationale (CSSI) in N’Djamena in 1996. The CSSI works to control human and animal infectious diseases and to strength health systems, with a particular focus on the most vulnerable groups, especially women, children and nomads in hard-to-reach areas.

Lao Tropical and Public Health Institute (Lao TPHI), Lao PDR

For two decades, the Swiss TPH and the Lao TPHI have enjoyed a fruitful partnership. In addition to the training of health professionals in the Lao PDR and the exchange of experts, joint research projects are at the forefront. These include the study and control of parasitic worm infections and their impact, the clinical testing of drugs against worm diseases such as liver fluke infections and, more recently, the interaction of dengue fever and parasitic worm diseases with diabetes mellitus.

Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research (PNGIMR)

Established in 1968, PNGIMR is the research arm of the PNG National Department of Health. Seminal early work included research on kuru and pigbel (clostridial necrotizing enteritis). Current research programmes focus on respiratory, enteric and vector-borne diseases, sexual health and malnutrition. PNGIMR and Swiss TPH had a successful collaboration since the 1970s, particularly in the areas of malaria and tuberculosis. Swiss TPH is an institutional member of the Buttressing Coalition, a network of partners supporting the PNGIMR in its mission to improve the health of the people of PNG and beyond.

Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru

The collaboration between the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH) and Swiss TPH was formalised in 2013 with a Memorandum of Understanding. Together, the partners are working to improve the health of people in rural areas at the household level: by reducing particulate pollution in homes, or by improving hygiene and promoting early childhood development. Stella Hartinger-Peña, Swiss TPH collaborator and R. Geigy Award winner, has been an assistant professor at the UPCH since 2015.

Core Funding

Canton Basel-Landschaft, CH
Canton Basel-Stadt, CH
State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), CH
University of Basel, CH

Research Funding

Basel Research Centre for Child Health (BRCCH), CH
EU research grants (e.g. ERC, Horizon, EDCTP), EU
National Institutes of Health (NIH), US
Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), CH
Swiss Network for International Studies (SNSI), CH
The Excellent Scholarship for Foreign student (The ESKAS), CH
University of Basel, CH


Aeras Global TB Vaccine Foundation, US
Albert-Heim-Stiftung, CH
Anesvad, ES
Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation Lesotho (BCMCFL), LS
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), US
Biovision Foundation, CH
Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds, DE
CDC Foundation, US
Cesti Fondatione Onlus, IT
Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), US
Computer Simulation & Advanced Research Technologies (CSART), AU
Eckenstein-Geigy-Stiftung, CH
Elrha, GB
Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung (EKFS), DE
Fondation Botnar, CH
Fondazione Adiuvare, CH
Fondazione lstituto Nazionale di Genetica Molecolare (INGM), IT
Forlen Stiftung, CH
Freiwillige Akademische Gesellschaft (FAG), CH
Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT), JP
Health Information Traceability Foundation (HIT), CH
Health Promotion Switzerland, CH
kENUP foundation, EU
Krebsforschung Schweiz, CH
Moritz Straus-Stiftung, CH
Novartis Foundation, CH
R. Geigy Foundation, CH
Sight and Life (SAL), CH
Sint Antonius Foundation, NL
Skat Foundation, CH
Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation, CH
Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS), CH
Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA), CH
Walter Fischli Stiftung, CH
Wellcome Trust, GB

Public Clients Switzerland

Amt für Ausbildungsbeiträge Basel-Stadt, CH
Amt für Umwelt und Energie Basel-Stadt, CH
Bundesamt für Raumentwicklung (ARE), CH
Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries (KFPE), CH
Entwicklungszusammenarbeit des Kantons Basel-Stadt, CH
Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS), CH
Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER), CH
Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSV), CH
Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG), CH
Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), CH
Federal Office of Sport (FOSPO), CH
Federal Office of the Environment (FOEN), CH
Federal Statistic Office (BFS), CH
Gesundheitsförderung Schweiz, CH
Innosuisse - Swiss Innovation Agency, CH
Kantonsspital Basel-Landschaft, CH
MeteoSchweiz, CH
Nationales Referenzzentrum für Legionellen (NRZL), CH
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), CH
Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag), CH
Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), CH
Swiss Pathogen Surveillance Platform (SPSP), CH
Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN), CH
University Hospital Basel, CH

Public and Public-Private Clients International

African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), KE
African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM), ET
Agence Française de Développement (AFD), FR
Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement et du travail (ANSES), FR
Asian Development Bank (ADB), PH
Association of Churchbased Development NGOs (ACDEP), GH
Bundesamt für Auswärtige Angelegenheiten (BfAA), CH
Canadian Association for Global Health (CAGH), CA
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), US
Centre de Support en Santé Internationale (CSSI), TD
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), DE
Direction des Services Vétérinaires (DSV), FR
Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), CH
Elgo Dimitra - Ellinikos Georgikos Organismos, GR
Epicentre, FR
European Institute of Public Health Policy (EIPHP), UA
European Space Agency, EU
Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), DE
Food and Drug Administration (FDA), US
Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), CH
Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, CH
German Institute for Medical Mission (DIFAM), DE
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, CH
Grand Challenges Canada, CA
Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), BE
Helse Nord Tuberculosis Initiative Malawi (HNTI), NO
Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), ZA
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), US
Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), FR
Institut de Recherches en Elevage pour le Développement (IRED), TD
Institut National d’Hygiène Publique (INHP), CI
Institut national de l'environnement industriel et des risques (Ineris), FR
Instituto Nacional de Saúde (INS), MZ
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), CH
Internatioal SOS (Africa Holdings) Ltd, GB
ISGlobal, ES
Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), DE
Medical Care Development International (MCDI), US
Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), CH
Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, FR
National Center of Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases (NCTLD), GE
National Public Health Center (Nemzeti Népegészségügyi Központ), HU
Norwegian Agency of Development Cooperation (Norad), NO
Nutrition International, CA
Organisation de Coordination pour la lutte contre les endémies en Afrique Centrale, CM
Right to Care Zambia (RTCZ), ZM
Swiss Red Cross (SRC), CH
The International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML), US
The Task Force for Global Health, GA
tropEd Network for Education in International Health, DE
Unitaid, CH
United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), GB
United Nations Children Fund International (Unicef), US
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), US
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), US
United States Agency for International Development (USAID), US
Unlimit Health, GB
West African Health Organisation (WAHO)
World Bank, US
World Health Organization (WHO), CH
World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH), FR

Private Clients and Non-Profit Organisations

Anglo American Services (UK) Ltd., GB
Astellas Pharma AG, CH
Bacoba AG, CH
Bayer AG, CH
BioInitials, CH
Bionorica SE, DE
Bristol Myers Squibb, US
Cardno Emerging Markets East Africa Ltd. (CEM), KE
Conseil Santé, FR
Effectum Medical AG, CH
Fields at Work GmbH, CH
Game Solutions Lab, NL
GFA Consulting Group GmbH, DE
Grolimund + Partner AG, CH
Health Effects Institute (HEI), US
Hemex AG, BS
Ideas for Change, ES
Insuco Burkina Faso, BF
Insuco, UK
International Association for Maternal and Neonatal Health (IAMANEH), CH
Life4me+, CH
Lygature, NL
Martin Systems GmbH, DE
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), CH
Merck, DE
MSD Merck Sharp & Dohme AG, CH
Novartis Pharma AG, CH
OmicScouts, DE
OptiMedis AG, DE
Oryx Expertise, FR
Oxfam Novib, NL
Pact, US
Privatklinik Meiringen, CH
Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM), PG
Science for Change, ES
Seboche Mission Hospital, LS
SolDevelo, PL
SolidarMed, CH
Specs Compound Handling B.V., NL
Swiss Excellence Forum, CH
Syngenta, CH
TB Alliance, SA
Terre des hommes, CH
Universitätsklinikum Bonn (UKB), DE
VisibleSolutions AG, CH
Wits Health Consortium (Pty) Limited (WHC), ZA

Academic Partners

Academic Medical Center (Academisch Medisch Centrum), NL
Addis Ababa University (AAU), ET
Agricultural University of Athens, GR
Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI), ET
Berner Fachhochschule (BFH), CH
Bernhard-Nocht-Institut für Tropenmedizin, DE
Boston University, US
Brown University, US
Centre hospitalier régional et universitaire de Besançon (CHRU), FR
Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), FR
Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique (CSEM), CH
Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d’Ivoire (CSRS), CI
Centre universitaire de médecine générale et santé publique, Lausanne (unisanté), CH
Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, DE
College of Art and Sciences, Xavier University, Cincinnati, US
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, IT
Cyprus University of Technology, CY
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), CH
Eindhoven University of Technology, NL
Eucor – The European Campus, CH, DE, FR
Forschungszentrum Borstel, Leibniz Lungenzentrum (FZB), DE
Geneva University Hospitals (HUG), CH
Ghent University, BE
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, US
Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, DE
Hes-so Leading House (MENA), CH
Ifakara Health Institute (IHI), TZ
Imperial College London, GB
Innovative Vector Control Consortium (IVCC), GB
Inselspital Bern, CH
Institut Mines-Télécom (IMT), FR
Institut Pasteur, FR
Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM), Bern, CH
Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp (ITM), BE
Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical Universidade Nova de Lisboa (IHMT), PT
Instituto Nacional de Saúde (INS), MZ
Institutul de Ftiziopneumologie “Chiril Draganiuc”, MD
Institutul de Pneumoftiziologie “Marius Nasta” (IPMN), RO
James Cook University (JCU), AU
KEMRI - Wellcome Trust Research Programme, KE
Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), KE
Lao Tropical and Public Health Institute (Lao TPHI), LA
Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV), CH
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), GB
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), GB
Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU), CH
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU), DE
Makerere University, UG
Manhiça Health Research Centre (CISM), MZ
Massachusetts General Hospital, US
Moi University, KE
MRC/Wits Agincourt Field Office, ZA
National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), TZ
National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis (ICMR), IN
Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, PL
Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), NO
Obafemi Awolowo University, NG
Ospedale San Raffaele (SRL), IT
Palestine Polytechnic University, PS
Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research (PNG IMR), PG
Paul Scherrer Institute, CH
Penta Child Health Research, IT
PNG National Research Institute, PG
Public Health Laboratory Ivo de Carneri (PHL-IdC), TZ
Qom University of Medical Sciences, IR
Radboud University Nijmegen, NL
Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC)
Sapienza University of Rome, IT
School of Social Work Fribourg (HETS-FR), CH
South African Medical Research Council, ZA
Swiss Association for Quality (SAQ), CH
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ), CH
Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB), CH
Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+), CH
swissuniversities Development and Cooperation Network (SUDAC), CH
Technische Universität München (TUM), DE
Temple University, US
The Aurum Institute, ZA
The George Institute for Global Health India, IN
Umeå University, SE
Unisanté, CH
Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH), PE
Universität St. Gallen, CH
Universitäts-Kinderspital beider Basel (UKBB), CH
Universitätsklinikum Bonn (UKB), DE
Université de Genève, CH
Université de Lausanne, CH
Université de Neuchâtel, CH
Université des Sciences, des Techniques et des Technologies de Bamako (USTTB), ML
Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny (UFHB), CI
University of Antwerp, BE
University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwest Switzerland (FHNW), CH
University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI), CH
University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO), CH
University of Basel, CH
University of Bergen (UiB), NO
University of Bern, CH
University of Bologna, IT
University of Buea, CM
University of Calabar, NG
University of California San Francisco (UCSF), US
University of Cambridge, GB
University of Cape Town, ZAUniversity of California, San Francisco (UCSF), US
University of Dundee, GB
University of Ghana, GH
University of Ghent, BE
University of Gothenburg, SE
University of Groningen (RUG), NL
University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), GH
University of Heidelberg, DE
University of Ibadan (UI)
University of KwaZulu-Natal
University of Lugano, CH
University of Luzern, CH
University of Maiduguri, NG
University of Malawi, MW
University of Maryland, US
University of Montpellier, FR
University of Nebraska, US
University of Oxford, UK
University of Pécs, HU
University of Sao Paulo (USP), BR
University of Sciences, Techniques and Technologies of Bamako (USTTB), ML
University of Strasbourg, FR
University of the Witwatersrand, ZA
University of Turin, IT
University of Utrecht, NL
University of Vienna, AU
University of Warwick, GB
University of Washington (UW), US
University of Zurich, CH
Weizmann Institute of Science, IL
Yale University, US

The list reflects all Swiss TPH partners and funders that are within our staff-managed project database.