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Swiss TPH News, February 2020
Child being vaccinated in Chad
 
New Understanding of Childhood Immune Systems May Improve Vaccine Efficacy
 
In low- and middle-income countries, children have the greatest need for protection afforded by vaccination due to a higher incidence of infectious diseases. However, the vaccines for these children often show a lower efficacy when compared to similar populations in high-income settings. A new study by Swiss TPH and partners reveals that the immune system of children varies according to age, location and anaemia status. This knowledge is crucial to improve vaccine efficacy. Read the full article
 
 
 
Jennifer Keiser and team in Laos
 
Research & Development for Parasitic Worm Infections Lags Behind
 
Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a group of mainly chronic infectious diseases that affect more than a billion people in tropical and subtropical countries. On the occasion of the first World NTD Day on 30 January 2020, Jennifer Keiser, Head of the Helminth Drug Development unit at Swiss TPH, talked about past achievements and current challenges in the fight against NTDs with an emphasis on parasitic worm infections.
 
INTERVIEW
 
Liver fluke diagnostics in Laos
 
'The Job Is Not Done': The Fight to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases
 
The World Health Organization has identified 20 neglected diseases that are found in tropical and subtropical conditions across 149 countries. Record-breaking progress has already been made in the fight against NTDs, but according to experts, including from Swiss TPH, who participated at a Guardian roundtable in Geneva, more must be done to engage local partners, improve diagnostics, fill research gaps, and access sustainable funding.
 
ARTICLE
 
 
 
Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense
 
Special Issue on Human African Trypanosomiasis
 
While the number of T.b. gambiense HAT (sleeping sickness) cases is decreasing, many other issues still need to be addressed to reach the goal of sustainable disease elimination by 2030. In this special issue of the journal Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases, researchers present their study results, new ideas and innovative approaches to reach the goal of elimination and prepare against recurrence.
 
SPECIAL ISSUE
 
Diagram showing the frequency of SDGs addressed by 216 papers published in Tropical Medicine and International Health between January 2018 and July 2019
 
Introducing the SDGs into Peer-Reviewed Literature
 
Tropical Medicine and International Health is the first peer-reviewed journal that fully integrates the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into its publication process. In turn, this will enhance the visibility of the contributions of the scientific community to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This novel feature was implemented following the recommendations of an editorial published by Swiss TPH and partners.
 
EDITORIAL
 
 
 
#WomenInScience
 
Prof. Nicole Probst-Hensch
We Simply Cannot Miss out on 50% of the Talent Worldwide
 
On the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Nicole Probst-Hensch, Head of the Department Epidemiology and Public Health at Swiss TPH, talks about her vision for more women in scientific careers.
» Read the interview
 
 
Project Updates
 
Lab opening ceremony at Jijiga University
Lab Opening at Jijiga University, Ethiopia
 
Jijiga University and the Embassy of Switzerland inaugurated the state-of-the-art laboratory of the Jijiga One Health Initiative (JOHI) at the end of January, which benefits pastoralist communities in the Somali Regional State. The lab, which was set up with expertise from Swiss TPH, is equipped to detect rabies. » About the project
 
Stratified Host-Directed Therapy for Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis
 
Current TB treatments are inadequate, complex and often poorly tolerated. These concerns are greatly magnified in rifampicin-resistant (RIF-R) TB, an urgent global and EU public health priority. WHO estimates that only 54% of patients who began RIF-R TB treatment in 2016 were cured. In the framework of HORIZON 2020, Swiss TPH supports the Aurum Institute (South Africa) in coordinating a randomised controlled multi-centre trial in 6 countries to determine if two adjunctive host-directed therapies (HDTs) can prevent these poor outcomes and pave the way for developing new treatments. » Read more about the project
 
Community Health Funds Go Cashless through Mobile Phones
 
In the pursuit of transparent and efficient management of Community Health Funds (CHF), the Government of Tanzania in collaboration with the Health Promotion and Systems Strengthening project (HPSS) has introduced an electronic payment solution that allows clients to pay their contributions through mobile money transfer. » Further information
 
Gavi Mandate in Côte d'Ivoire
 
Swiss TPH has been awarded the Monitoring Agent mandate in Côte d'Ivoire through funding of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. The purpose of the Monitoring Agent is to provide broad range of financial monitoring and verification services to support Gavi's oversight of the activities funded under the Partnership Framework Agreement signed by Gavi and the Ministry of Health in July 2013.
 
Tools for Integrated Management of Childhood Illness
 
The Tools for Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (TIMCI) project, led by PATH and funded by Unitaid, looks into the use of pulse oximeters and clinical decision support algorithms to reduce childhood mortality. Swiss TPH is in charge of designing the research component of this project with partners such as the King George Medical University, the Ifakara Health Institute, the Cheikh Anta Diop University, the University of Nairobi and the Burnet Institute. » Read more
 
 
 
Upcoming Events
 
24-26 March 2020: Geneva Health Forum
 
Visit us at our exhibition booth and participate in one of our sessions at the Geneva Health Forum 2020! » More details
 
3 April 2020: Swiss TPH Symposium
 
Molecular research approaches are instrumental in deepening our understanding of how pathogens cause infection, survive and multiply within their hosts, or spread among their host population. The one-day Swiss TPH symposium pays tribute to the outstanding scientific achievements and passionate work of Prof. Ingrid Felger and Prof. Hans-Peter Beck, both Swiss TPH, over the past 25 years. » Register now
 
Swiss TPH Symposium on Molecular Biology, Epidemiology and Diagnostics of Malaria
 
12 May 2020: Swiss TPH Spring Symposium: From Manufacturer to Patient: Reshaping Healthcare Supply Chains
 
Strong and resilient supply chains ensure the provision of quality health products to patients, making them a central component of health systems. The availability of health commodities is vital for the achievement of Universal Health Coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals. The Spring Symposium 2020 will share experiences of supply chain management issues in challenging environments, showcase innovations for expanding the availability of health products, and foster exchange on agile approaches for sustainable improvement of supply chains according to patient need. » Further information
 
 
 
Study with Us
 
Remote settlement in Tanzania
 
International Cooperation and Global Health
 
In a globalised world, internationally and inter-culturally active professional groups are confronted with complex and multifaceted challenges. The 8-week course is aimed at professionals from all health sectors and interested parties from other professions who are preparing for working abroad or who are confronted in their daily life with intercultural communication, migration and health in a global context. Course language is German.
 
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Nomadic family in Mongolia
 
Travel Health for Partners and Families
 
The course provides an overview of health-related issues expatriates and their families may face during their stay abroad. The goal is to equip the participants with all necessary background information on preventive measures to be considered before leaving their home country and to provide them with the basic knowledge on how to deal with the most relevant and frequent health issues possibly arising during their stay abroad.
 
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Latest Publications
 
Rezwan FI, Imboden M, Amaral AFS, Wielscher M, Jeong A, Triebner K, Real FG, Jarvelin MR, Jarvis D, Probst-Hensch NM, Holloway JW. Association of adult lung function with accelerated biological aging. Aging. » Read the full article
 
Dietler D, Farnham A, de Hoogh K, Winkler MS. Quantification of Annual Settlement Growth in Rural Mining Areas Using Machine Learning. Remote Sensing. » Read the full article
 
 
 
 
 
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