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Swiss TPH News, December 2019
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Welcome to the Swiss TPH Newsletter!
We are pleased to share with you the latest news about our efforts to improve people's health globally. This is the first issue - we hope you like it.

Season's Greetings and best wishes for the New Year!
Climate Change & Health
Climate change not only has an impact on the environment, but also significant effects on global health. What exactly these effects are and how to mitigate them were the questions addressed at this year’s Swiss TPH Winter Symposium. Experts from academia, public administration, international organisations and the private sector joined the discussions around climate change and health from 5-6 December in Basel. » Looking back at the symposium
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Climate Change is Becoming One of the Biggest Global Health Threats
Professor Guéladio Cissé of the Swiss TPH explains where we stand and what we can do to address the consequences of climate change on the health of populations around the world.
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Recent Publications on Climate Change & Health
This virtual issue of the International Journal of Public Health showcases the most significant articles that consider the health risks associated with climate change and its effects on adaptation, co-benefits, vulnerabilities and resilience.
Virtual Issue
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Study on Antibiotic Prescriptions
Children in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) receive an average of 25 antibiotic prescriptions during their first five years of life, an excessive amount that could harm the children’s ability to fight pathogens as well as increase antibiotic resistance worldwide. The results were published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases by Swiss TPH and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. » Read more
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Improving Tuberculosis Screening in Remote Areas
Swiss TPH and international partners launched a 4-year project to improve tuberculosis (TB) screening in remote areas of southern Africa. TB TRIAGE+ will evaluate new diagnostic approaches to make active TB case finding more efficient and cost-effective and is funded by the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP).
Press Release
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Developing New Drugs for Parasitic Worm Infections
A new consortium under the lead of Swiss TPH has teamed up to develop novel drugs for infections caused by parasitic worms (helminths). Helminths are a debilitating group of diseases that include river blindness, lymphatic filariasis, as well as infection with hookworm and whipworm, which together affect close to a billion people globally.
Press Release
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Swiss Support to Healthcare Provision in Romania
From 2012-2019, Swiss TPH collaborated with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) to assist in the Romanian integration process into the EU in the area of health systems strengthening. Swiss TPH supported the Romanian population through project facilitation, improving access to health and social services to the most vulnerable populations.
» Read more
Project Updates
Gavi Measles Campaign in Niger
Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, has enlisted Swiss TPH to monitor a measles campaign for children in Niger to evaluate the adequacy of systems in place for budgeting and financial management, as well as the programmatic relevance of the campaign.
» Read more about the evaluation
Chronic Childhood Malnutrition in Rwanda
Between 2017 and 2019, Swiss TPH conducted research on the causes of chronic childhood malnutrition in Rwanda with financial support from SDC. The research engaged caretakers and community health workers through growth monitoring and “Learning Together” sessions at a village level.» Read more about SDC's health programme in Rwanda
Health Promotion and System Strengthening (HPSS) in Tanzania
SDC's HPSS project in Tanzania, which is implemented by Swiss TPH, has started its third phase. Phase III will consolidate the national roll-out of the community health insurance, the Jazia Prime Vendor system, and establish a systems strengthening resource centre. HPSS will continue to support innovations in digital health, health promotion and health technology maintenance.» Learn more about the Jazia Prime Vendor System
CIFF Youth Engagement Portfolio
The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) mandated Swiss TPH to conduct a review of their Meaningful Youth Engagement portfolio. CIFF has been investing in young people’s leadership and capacity to advocate for sexual and reproductive health since 2015.

» Learn more about Swiss TPH's consultancy services
Save the Date for Our Spring Events
3 April 2020
Molecular Biology, Epidemiology, and Diagnostics of Malaria. Farewell Symposium for Ingrid Felger and Hans-Peter Beck

12 May 2020
Swiss TPH Spring Symposium: From Manufacturer to Patient: Reshaping Healthcare Supply Chains

» All Swiss TPH Events
Study with Us
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Short Course on Travellers' Health
The Travellers’ Health course prepares health professionals and travel industry staff to provide relevant health information to travellers and to assess travel-related problems occurring during and after travel, with a special focus on tropical diseases.
More information
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MBA International Health Management
A new generation of managers and leaders is needed to respond to health system challenges worldwide. The MBA-IHM invites students to be part of this new generation, preparing them to advance health systems globally, with a special focus on LMICs.
Learn more
Latest Publications
Felger I, Snounou G, Hastings I, Moehrle JJ, Beck HP. PCR correction strategies for malaria drug trials: updates and clarifications. The Lancet Infectious Diseases. » Read the full article
Amstutz A, Brown JA, Ringera I, Muhairwe J, Lejone TI, Klimkait T, Glass TR and Labhardt ND. Engagement in care, viral suppression, drug resistance and reasons for non-linkage after home-based same-day ART initiation in Lesotho: a two-year follow-up of the CASCADE trial. Clinical Infectious Diseases. » Read the full article
» Swiss TPH Publication Database
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