Affiliation: Université de Bâle
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.
This week, universities across Switzerland resumed in-person, hybrid and online courses. After nearly 80 years of educating talent at Socinstrasse in Basel, students return to the original Swiss TPH location for the last time. Beginning in January 2022, courses will be held at the new headquarters in neighbouring Allschwil.
75% of people with mental health problems in low-income countries do not have access to effective treatment. Swiss TPH researcher Jennifer Belus aims to contribute to improving the mental health of people living with HIV in Lesotho. For this, she is receiving an Ambizione Fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).
Swiss TPH has been re-designated as the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Modelling, Monitoring and Training for Malaria Control and Elimination, following many years of fruitful collaboration with the WHO and partner institutions in Africa. By providing technical advice, Swiss TPH will continue to offer strategic guidance on WHO policies for malaria control and elimination.
A new solar plant has been installed at the Ifakara Health Institute, a long-standing partner of Swiss TPH, which contributes to the reduction of CO2 at this unique health research and education centre in Tanzania. Swiss and Tanzanian partners jointly financed the solar plant, which officially opened on 21 June 2021.
On 17 September 2021, the key handover for the new building of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) took place at the BaseLink area in Allschwil. Around 700 employees from 80 nations will move into the new Swiss TPH headquarters 'Belo Horizonte', which combines state-of-the-art laboratories, education and work spaces under one roof.
Stefanie Knopp of Swiss TPH has been appointed as an Assistant Professor at the University of Basel. Knopp, a Swiss National Science Foundation PRIMA grant fellow since 2019, leads the Helminth Interventions group at Swiss TPH, which conducts research on the control and elimination of parasitic worm infections.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on both human health, the economy and society at large. There is no doubt that the disease and control measures indirectly effect people's health and well-being, particularly in lowand middle-income countries where the crisis has amplified and deepened existing inequalities. To mitigate the collateral damage, Swiss TPH worked on a myriad of projects to support vulnerable populations around the globe.
The Botnar Research Centre for Child Health is supporting five new research projects within its new initiative, Postdoctoral Excellence Programme (PEP), which aims to foster the next generation of scientific leaders. One of the projects has been awarded to two researchers at Swiss TPH, Gillian Levine and Tracy Glass, who will conduct work on an electronic clinical decision support tool for young infants for the next three years.
Though much progress has been made in improving global health, many new obstacles have emerged. On 28-30 June 2021, Swiss TPH hosted a virtual symposium 'Global Health in the 21st Century', which brought together experts from the public, private, non-profit and governmental sectors to discuss the pressing global health issues of our time.