Swiss TPH

Swiss TPH
Socinstrasse 57, 4051 Basel
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Location: Basel
Discipline: Health

The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), former Swiss Tropical Institute (STI), has been founded in 1943. It has research and teaching activities in the arear of international health development. In June 2009 the Institute for Social and Preventive Medicine of the University of Basel, active in the areas of environmental epidemiology and women’s health, was integrated into the Swiss TPH.

Today over 500 employees from 40 nations work worldwide for the Swiss TPH in research, teaching and services with the main goal to contribute to health development worldwide.

As an associate institute of the University of Basel, the Swiss TPH takes part in teaching within various faculties, as well as is engaged in post-graduate education and advanced training on national and international levels.

The Swiss TPH receives 81% of its income through competitive fundraising and the earnings of our service departments. The remaining budget is given by the Basel cantons and the Swiss federal government.

Health - Pharmacology - Sep 16
Health - Pharmacology
HIV continues to be a major global health issue, having claimed almost 33 million lives. In a new study published today in PLOS Medicine, Swiss TPH researchers and partners assessed if patients with a persisting low HIV viral load while taking first-line antiretroviral therapy (ART) benefited from switching to second-line ART. Findings show that switching patients resulted in a higher proportion of viral suppression, thus encouraging that the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines lower the current viral load threshold.
Health - Pharmacology - Sep 15
Health - Pharmacology

Despite lots of progress made in the past decade, more than 270,000 children die from Malaria each year. Most of these deaths could be avoided through timely diagnosis and treatment. Despite better availability of tests and medication, a new study shows that large gaps remain in the quality of malaria care for children. The study by Swiss TPH and partners was published yesterday in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS Medicine.

Health - Sep 11
Health

Swiss TPH will host a symposium on 13 November 2020 in Basel, Switzerland, to present the current situation regarding the spread of the Asian tiger mosquito in the Upper Rhine Valley. The symposium will summarise the results and impact of the TIGER project, which was launched three years ago with the aim of monitoring and responding to the spread of the invasive tiger mosquito in the region.

Health - Aug 6
Health

On behalf of the Federal Office of Public Health, the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) analysed the health consequences of the hot and dry summer of 2019 and compared it to the hot summers of 2003, 2015 and 2018. The results were published this week in the report "Health effects of heat in Switzerland and the importance of prevention measures". The report shows that high temperatures are a strain on health and cause additional deaths, and that preventive measures contribute to protecting the population from heat-related health hazards.

Health - Pharmacology - Jul 15
Health - Pharmacology

The use of drones in global health settings has rapidly evolved in the past years. As drone technology continues to expand beyond the military and recreational sectors, it is foreseen that it will have a significant role to play in healthcare delivery. A project supported by Swiss TPH tested the usefulness of drones in transporting tuberculosis drugs and diagnostic samples in Madagascar, and has found that in combination with other innovative interventions, they can be both cost-effective and contribute towards the goal of universal health coverage.

Health - Jun 24
Health

On 19 June, Swiss TPH hosted a virtual seminar called Operation 50/50 and the Future of Global Health as part of the #TogetherApart seminar series. Women in Global Health presented on Operation 50/50 and researchers, frontline workers and participants in global health reflected on power and privilege in COVID-19 leadership. The event was held via Zoom and was also live-streamed, highlighting a trend of events, as well as classrooms and the workforce, adapting to the global crisis by going digital.

Health - Social Sciences - May 29
Health - Social Sciences

It is with indescribable sadness that we learned about the passing of Flora Kessy, Executive Director of the Tanzanian Training Centre for International Health (TTCIH). We have lost a smart, farsighted, witty and engaged colleague, friend and long-standing partner of Swiss TPH. Our deepest condolences go to Flora's family, friends and colleagues at TTCIH.

Campus - Health - Sep 14
Campus - Health

Today, 14 September 2020, Swiss TPH welcomes students to the start of the semester. As students at the bachelor, master, doctoral and post-graduate level embark on in-person, hybrid and online learning this week, we take a closer look at a Swiss TPH mainstay - the postgraduate course in International Cooperation and Global Health.

Health - Sep 11
Health

Swiss TPH will host a symposium on 13 November 2020 in Basel, Switzerland, to present the current situation regarding the spread of the Asian tiger mosquito in the Upper Rhine Valley. The symposium will summarise the results and impact of the TIGER project, which was launched three years ago with the aim of monitoring and responding to the spread of the invasive tiger mosquito in the region.

Health - Aug 3

After an international call followed by a rigorous, multi-stage evaluation procedure, PD Dr. Julia Bohlius has been appointed new Head of the Department of Education and Training (ET) of Swiss TPH. She will succeed Nino Künzli and begin her new position as of August 2020. Künzli remains head of the 'Bachelor-Master-Doctorate' unit within ET and will pursue his research projects on air pollution and health as project leader in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (EPH). He keeps his role as Professor of Public Health, Social and Preventive Medicine at the Medical Faculty of the University of Basel until June 2022.

Health - Social Sciences - Jul 2
Health - Social Sciences

A long-term study on the effects of the coronavirus pandemic is being carried out in the cantons of Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft. The study contains both a digital survey that looks at the effects of COVID-19 on individual's quality of life, as well as conducts antibody testing (a seroprevalence study). Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft are equally contributing to the costs of the long-term study, which is being carried out by Swiss TPH. The study will take place from July to December 2020. This week, randomly selected people will be contacted within the two Basel cantons.

Career - Jun 21
Career

The construction of the new Swiss TPH headquarters "Belo Horizonte" in Allschwil is underway and progressing according to plan. As of mid-May 2020, the roof of the building was finished with concrete. The traditional topping out ceremony for the construction workers took place on Friday, 19 June 2020, in compliance with COVID-19 protection measures. The move of Swiss TPH to Allschwil is planned for the end of 2021.

Health - Career - May 27
Health - Career

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is supporting the re-allocation of funds within existing projects that are implemented by Swiss TPH in Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe to assist in the public health response to the COVID-19 crisis.




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