Boavista - Survive and Thrive Boa Vista Early Childhood Program

 

Background:  A growing body of evidence suggests that early life health and developmental outcomes can be improved through parental support programs. The objective of this project was to test the feasibility, impact, and relative cost-effectiveness of home visiting programs as well as center-based...

Ongoing
01.02.2021 - 31.12.2022
Intervention Study
Grand Challenges Canada
Household Economics and Health Systems Research
Günther Fink
AMED - Outlining the institutional set up for the AMED scheme along with its functions and functionaries

Chad Government is engaged in an ambitious reform to make the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) legislation operational with its three pillars defined as follows: a) contribution-based scheme for the formal sector, b) contribution-based scheme for the self-employed (informal sector) and c)...

Ongoing
22.12.2020 - 29.04.2021
Short term service project
Health Systems Support
Damien Revault
openIMIS Implementation - Expanding the knowledge base and increasing implementations

As more countries strive for Universal Health Coverage and Universal Social Protection, the number of interested and engaged stakeholders increases, adding to the organizational complexity of healthcare systems. The openIMIS (Opensource Insurance Management Information System) Initiative presents an...

Ongoing
04.12.2020 - 31.08.2022
Long term service project
Health Systems Support
Siddharth Srivastava , Helen Prytherch
openIMIS Capacity Building - Global online training course for openIMIS

As more countries stive for UHC and USP, the number of interested and engaged stakeholders increases, adding to the organizational complexity of healthcare systems. The OpenIMIS Initiative presents an Information and Communications Technology solution for managing complex (small or large)...

Ongoing
04.12.2020 - 28.02.2022
Long term service project
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Health Systems Support
Siddharth Srivastava , Helen Prytherch
GenLes - Using Viral Genetics to Curb the HIV Epidemic in Lesotho, South Africa

Major progress in curbing the HIV epidemic in Lesotho, Southern Africa has been achieved. However, there were still 11'000 new infections in 2019, emphasizing the importance of targeted prevention of new infections.

Within this project, the first aim is to combine phylogenetical tools and biological...

Ongoing
01.12.2020 -
Research project
International HIV and Chronic Disease Care
Nadine Bachmann
Manipulation of Human Immunity by Parasitic Worms

Approximately ten percent of the world's population is at risk of schistosomiasis, a neglected, tropical disease caused by species of the helminth Schistosoma. For the past 40 years, control of schistosomiasis has depended on the widespread use of a single drug, praziquantel. Despite its good...

Ongoing
01.12.2020 - 30.09.2021
Research project
Helminth Drug Development
Anna van Beek , Jennifer Keiser
EXPAND Chad - Expanding NTD and COVID-19 control to mobile pastoralists in Chad

The EXPAND project aims to expanding neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and COVID-19 surveillance and control to mobile pastoralists in Chad through the establishment of integrated surveillance and access to health information and services. It also works towards the prevention and treatment of...

Ongoing
01.11.2020 - 31.03.2022
Long term service project
Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), former Department for International Development UK (DFID) / Ascend - Accelerating the Sustainable Control and Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases
Health Systems Support
Peter Steinmann
SORMAS - Implementation of SORMAS in Switzerland

A majorty of cantons in Switzerland and the Fürstentum Liechtenstein have introduced the application Surveillance, Outbreak Response Management and Analysis System (SORMAS) in the course of 2020 in the frame of control measures against the Covid-19 pandemic. SORMAS allows for a structured...

Ongoing
01.11.2020 - 30.06.2021
Short term service project
Helmholtz-Zentrum für Infektionsforschung , Kanton Luzern , Kantonsarztamt Kanton Bern
Swiss Centre for International Health
Kaspar Wyss
Anemia Prevention - Identify Bottlenecks of Anemia Prevention and Control in the West Bank and Gaza

In response to the Ministry of Health request, this World Bank mandate planned over September 2020 to March 2021 intends to identify bottlenecks related to anemia prevention and control in the West Bank and Gaza - Swiss TPH is partnering with researchers from two experienced local organizations: the...

Ongoing
19.10.2020 - 31.05.2021
Short term service project
World Bank (WB)
Systems Performance and Monitoring
Odile Pham-Tan
BAG KEA - Competence Centre for Epidemiological Outbreak Investigations

In Switzerland, foodborne infections such as listeriosis, salmonellosis or campylobacteriosis are notifiable diseases and are under close surveillance by the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH). Annually, one to three outbreaks of one of these diseases have been observed in Switzerland....

Ongoing
10.10.2020 - 01.10.2021
Long term service project
Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) / Bundesamt für Gesundheit (BAG)
Human Resources for Health
Helena Greter
Digital Technology - Policy and Technology Assessment of National Health Insurance Information Systems

There is a strong movement to apply digital technologies as a means of strengthening health systems and social protection delivery, in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) including innovations for demand generation, better management of information, and improved efficiency of health workers. ...

Ongoing
05.10.2020 - 31.07.2022
Long term service project, Evaluation project
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Health Systems Support
Siddharth Srivastava
ADOPT - Adoption of Levo-Praziquantel 150mg for schistosomiasis by endemic countries (ADOPT)

Schistosomiasis is a neglected tropical disease that poses a serious public health challenge. Current treatment recommendations and control efforts focus on distribution of praziquantel tablets to school-aged children and at-risk populations. Preschool-aged (≤5 years) children (PSAC) represent...

Ongoing
01.10.2020 - 30.09.2022
Long term service project
Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT)
Human Resources for Health
Peter Steinmann
MOOC IRM - Massive Open Online Course on Insecticide Resistance Management

 

The Global Plan for Insecticide Resistance Management (GPIRM) (WHO 2012) is the authoritative resource for Insecticide Resistance Management (IRM) in the mosquito vectors of malaria. However, IRM is an applied science, and there is a need to translate theory into practice. Whilst there are...

Ongoing
01.10.2020 - 31.03.2021
Teaching and training project
Innovative Vector Control Consortium (IVCC)
Health Interventions
Konstantina Boutsika
MR Gavi - Monitoring Review - Sao Tome and Principe

Following a Gavi Programme Capacity Assessment (PCA) performed in April 2016 by Swiss TPH covering Programme Management, Financial Management as well as Vaccines and Cold Chain Management (VCCM). Concrete measures were decided to improve the management of Gavi grants including more specifically the...

Ongoing
01.10.2020 - 31.12.2021
Long term service project
Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI)
Systems Performance and Monitoring
Odile Pham-Tan
Multifaceted impacts of COVID-19 on bottom forty percent income residents in Malaysia: inequities and co-benefits of interventions

The aim of this project is to contribute to a better understanding of the multifaceted impacts of COVID-19 crisis among the bottom low-income urban communities in Malaysia and improve the benefits from public health interventions. The specific objectives are: (i)- To analyze the available...

Ongoing
01.09.2020 - 31.08.2021
Research project
State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI); Staatssekretatiat für Bildung, Forschung und Innovation (SBFI) / Zurich University of Applied Sciences (FHNW) Leading House for South Asia and Iran
Ecosystem Services, Climate and Health
Guéladio Cissé
ARQ_2021 - Kinase Inhibitors for Adjunct Antibiotic Treatment of Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (TB) encompasses pulmonary and extra-pulmonary infections by the deadly obligate human pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB). Upon exposure to infectious aerosols, host immune responses build up multi-cellular structures called granulomas that aim to encapsulate the bacteria at the...

Ongoing
01.09.2020 - 31.08.2021
Research project
Novartis Foundation for medical-biological research
Tuberculosis Research Unit, Tuberculosis Immunology
Damien Portevin
Agent-based tracking of disease spread with dynamic models of travel behaviour in a pandemic

Epidemic models are essential tools to coordinate all aspects of the response to pandemics. Models can inform policy makers on strategies for vaccinations and testing, but also to trigger mitigation measure such as the ‘lockdowns’ used during the COVID-19 outbreak in Switzerland. Here, we propose to...

Ongoing
01.09.2020 - 31.08.2022
Research project
Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) / Programme NRP
SAPALDIA / SNC - Linking air pollution exposure models with health: the challenge of choices

Authorities are faced with important challenges in evaluating the health relevance of air quality and its trends. First, advancements in exposure and modelling sciences result in the abundance of spatially and temporally resolved air quality models and the absence of a gold standard poses a...

Ongoing
01.09.2020 - 31.08.2023
Research project
Bundesamt für Umwelt (BAFU)
Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Environmental Exposures and Health, Air Pollution and Health
Nicole Probst-Hensch
GatesNutrition - Nutrition and Human Capital Development: An evidence review and modeling potential

 

The proposed supplement would build upon the current work and further refine approaches to estimate the effect of scaling-up nutrition interventions on human capital outcomes. First, we plan to extend the model from its current pregnancy intervention focus to child nutrition interventions that can...

Ongoing
01.09.2020 - 31.03.2022
Research project
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)
Household Economics and Health Systems Research
Günther Fink
Rwanda Covid-19 - Improve the capacity of CHW in the Western province of Rwanda to prevent, detect and respond to COVID-19

Swiss TPH, in partnership with Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Government of Rwanda has been working for more than a decade  to support and strengthen health systems in the Western province of Rwanda. After seeing an increase of COVID-19 cases in the rural areas of the...

Ongoing
22.07.2020 - 31.05.2021
Short term service project
Swiss Centre for International Health
Adriane Martin Hilber
Climate change and cardiovascular diseases: state and exploratory analyses of patient data in Limpopo province, South Africa

Climate change has manifested as an upward rise in temperature trends globally which may exacerbate chronic illnesses such as CVDs and has been associated with increased mortality. The main objective of this project is to explore and undertake preliminary analyses of existing available...

Ongoing
15.07.2020 - 14.07.2021
Research project
State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI); Staatssekretatiat für Bildung, Forschung und Innovation (SBFI) / Horizion 2020
Ecosystem Services, Climate and Health
Guéladio Cissé
Microbiota-Targeted Interventions for Childhood Undernutrition

With roughly 150 million children affected, undernutrition remains one of the most important public health threats. A meta-analysis of more than 50.000 children living in Latin America, Asia and Africa showed more than a three-fold higher mortality in growth-delayed (stunted) compared to...

Ongoing
01.07.2020 - 31.12.2022
Research project
One Health
Pascale Vonäsch
Rapid Assessment of World Bank COVID-19 Multi-Phase Programmatic Approach

The World Bank supports around 100 country responses to COVID-19 through loans and grants totalling over USD 6 billion. Funding is based either on the Multi-phase Programmatic Approach (MPA) model or through restructuring existing projects. The WB intends to assess the pertinence of the original...

Ongoing
25.06.2020 - 31.03.2021
Short term service project
Vital Strategies
Health Systems Support
Kate Molesworth , Peter Steinmann
openIMIS Claims AI - Claims categorization using Artificial Intelligence

The goal of this project is to develop an automatic claims categorization module for openIMIS based on state-of-the-art Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms, standards, and methodologies which will drastically reduce the manpower, resources and time required to review a reimbursement claim.

 

Thi...

Ongoing
25.06.2020 - 30.04.2021
Long term service project
PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative (MVI)
Digital Health Unit
Martin Raab
PubliCo - an experimental online platform for COVID-19 related public perception

Effective public health measures to contain the Covid-19 pandemic require cooperation between governments and society. For this to happen, political decision-makers must be aware of how the population perceives the Corona crisis, and the political decisions taken must be comprehensible to the public...

Ongoing
01.06.2020 - 31.05.2022
Long term service project
Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) / Project Funding
Society, Gender and Health
Sonja Merten
PSR South Sudan - Preparing the Programme Support Rationale (PSR) for South Sudan

The Republic of South Sudan (RSS) is a low-income country, still immersed in conflicts, with a fragile state and a complex web of stakeholders. Thus, provision of health services, including vaccination is challenging. Gavi is the main supporter of the Expanded Programme for Immunization (EPI) in the...

Ongoing
01.06.2020 - 30.09.2021
Long term service project
MistraL - Mitigation strategies for communities with COVID-19 transmission in Lesotho using artificial intelligence on chest x-rays and novel rapid diagnostic tests

The COVID-19 pandemic is straining health systems globally. Public health and primary care interventions implemented by high-income countries may be unsuccessful or infeasible in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). Effective mitigation strategies need to be adapted to the specific...

Ongoing
01.06.2020 - 31.05.2022
Intervention Study
Clinical TB
Klaus Reither
DAVINCI - Development and Validation of a Laminar Flow Test to Diagnose COVID-19 in Saliva

This project addresses the currently crucial needs in the area of validated point-of-care (PoC) diagnostics for use at every level in the population. We will develop and validate a simple inexpensive accurate rapid diagnostic test using the easily accessible non-invasive sample specimen saliva and...

Ongoing
01.06.2020 - 30.06.2022
Research project
Botnar Research Centre for Child Health (BRCCH)
Medicine
Daniel Paris
MODCOVID - Using model-based evidence to optimise medical intervention profiles and disease management strategies for COVID-19 control

Background: Country governments have imposed strict spatial distancing and lockdown measures to reduce infection incidence and associated disease burden of coronavirus infectious disease (COVID- 19). As of April 7th, there is no proven medical or pharmaceutical tool to prevent or treat the disease....

Ongoing
01.06.2020 - 31.12.2022
Research project
MOBI-AIR - Accounting for MOBility in AIR pollution exposure estimates in studies on long-term health effects.

Large scale epidemiological studies investigating long-term health effects of air pollution can typically only consider the residential locations of the participants, thereby ignoring the space-time activity patterns that likely influence total exposure. People are mobile and can be exposed to...

Ongoing
01.06.2020 - 31.05.2023
Research project
Health Effects Institute (HEI)
Environmental Exposures and Health
Kees de Hoogh