Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

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The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), an associated Institute of the University of Basel, was founded in 1943 as a public organisation. Our mandate is to contribute to the improvement of the health of populations internationally and nationally through excellence in research, services, and teaching and training.

Swiss TPH consists of five departments covering a wide range of disciplines within the field of public health (Epidemiology and Public Health; Medical Parasitology and Infection Biology; Medecines Research; Swiss Centre for International Health; Medical Services and Diagnostics). The Institute’s activities span basic and applied research, service and technical assistance provision, all closely linked and interacting. All departments are continually involved in teaching and training. Almost 700 full and part time staff are employed worldwide.

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News

  • RRR Project, Stakeholders’ Workshop, Bangalore, India

    On 11 December, 2014 the stakeholder of the Resource Recovery and Reuse project will meet in Bangalore, India to discuss the results of the reseach phase and the objectives of the next steps. The resource recovery and reuse project workshop will cover business models, sanitation safety planning (SSP), feasibility studies and muli-critera assessment.
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  • RRR Project, Stakeholders’ Workshop, Hanoi, Vietnam

    On 4 December, 2014 the stakeholders of the Resource Recovery and Reuse project will meet in Hanoi, Vietnam to discuss the results of the reseach phase and the objectives of the next steps. The resource recovery and reuse project workshop will cover business models, sanitation safety planning (SSP), feasibility studies and muli-critera assessment.
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  • RRR project, Stakeholders workshop, Lima, Peru

    On 12 November, 2014 the stakeholder of the Resource Recovery and Reuse project met in Lima, Peru to discuss the results of the reseach phase and the objectives of the next steps. The resource recovery and reuse project workshop covered business models, sanitation safety planning (SSP), feasibility studies and muli-critera assessment.
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  • RRR project, Stakeholders workshop, Kampala, Uganda

    On 28 October, 2014 the stakeholder of the Resource Recovery and Reuse project met in Kampala, Uganda to discuss the results of the reseach phase and the objectives of the next steps. The resource recovery and reuse project workshop covered business models, sanitation safety planning (SSP), feasibility studies and muli-critera assessment.
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Events

Personalized Medicine: The Public Health PerpectiveThursday, 11. December 2014 to Friday, 12. December 2014Das Neue Rialto

Thematic expertise

Integrated Water Resources Management

Within the Swiss TPH there are a broad range of research teams working on the determinants of health including specialists in environmental health, water, sanitation and hygiene. Some are working on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), notably on parasitic worm infections and malaria, which are diseases closely linked to water, sanitation and hygiene conditions. Some focus on climate change issues particularly on adaptation to climate change in water and health sectors, and others are working on the bridge between WASH and nutrition, particularly at schools, households and communities levels.

The research teams are mainly occupied with health impact assessment of water and sanitation related issues, e.g., assessing water pollution and related health in agricultural projects, vulnerabilities assessment in the framework of adaptation to climate extreme events, health risk assessment of waste recovery and reuse projects (like the SDC/RRR project in India, Uganda, Peru and Vietnam), baseline surveys from community to household levels for water and sanitation projects (like the SDC/PEP project in Great Lakes), and integrated interventions of agriculture (school gardens), WASH and nutrition (like the SDC/VGTS project in Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Nepal, Philippines, Indonesia and Tanzania).

For more detailed information on Swiss TPH projects.

Some of our external partners include:

  • WHO in Geneva and in some regional and country offices
  • International Water Association in Colombo/Sri Lanka
  • World Vegetables Centre in Taiwan
  • University of Freiburg
  • Sandec/EAWAG, Zurich
  • CEWAS, Willisau

Geographic expertise

Contact Person

Gueladio Cisse - gueladio.cisse@unibas.ch

Projects

  • An integrated approach to fight parasitic worms and diarrhoea

    Background: The global strategy to control helminthiasis is preventive chemotherapy that is the regular administration of anthelminthic drugs to at-risk populations in a vertical approach. Re-infection after treatment can occur rapidly as long as access to clean water and adequate sanitation has not been improved and hygiene behaviour remains unchanged. Integrated approaches are necessary in […]
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  • An integrated approach to control neglected tropical diseases

    Background: The global strategy to control helminthiasis is preventive chemotherapy, which is the regular administration of anthelminthic drugs to at-risk populations. However, re-infection can occur rapidly as long as access to clean water and adequate sanitation has not been improved and hygiene behaviour remained unchanged. Current control efforts do not take these latter aspects sufficiently […]
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  • Formative Research in Rural Niger to identify Key Factors that influence Sanitation Behaviors

    The objectives of the study were to establish baseline sanitation conditions and hygiene practices among rural populations for different endpoints (ending open defecation; construction of improved latrines and hand washing facilities; using and maintaining latrines; safe disposal of faeces; hand washing with soap); to identify the key factors and determinants that influence these practices; to […]
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  • Health Promotion Systems Strengthening

    Supporting communities to realise their health promotion plans to improve water and sanitation in the Dodoma region of Tanzania in schools and homes. HPSS hence aims to improve the management of supplies and essential drugs and the maintenance of the technical infrastructure (buildings, equipment, water and saniation) of the health system. More…
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  • Safe Drinking Water for the Population in the Great Lakes (PEPP)

    The project’s main objective is to link communities to water supply systems, thus complementing previous projects to improve water supply and sanitation in health facilities and schools. SKAT has the lead on the project, with the Swiss TPH linking the activities to existing health projects by enhancing the promotion of safe drinking water and improved […]
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  • Vegetables go to School: Improving Nutrition through Agricultural Diversification

    Background: Malnutrition is one of the most serious health problems in the world, with enormous human and economic costs. To address this problem, aspects of education, water, sanitation, health, nutrition and agriculture/horticulture need to be addressed in a coordinated way to change the behaviour of individuals, communities and populations. Aims: This project aims to contribute […]
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  • Global water challenges for sustainable development

    The scale of the water problem is at the heart of all sustainable development debates in the world. Water is a comprehensive ecosystem service and equitable access to water for all is one of the major challenges of the 21st century. Hundreds of millions of people are deprived of water, not because it is a […]
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  • Resource Recovery & Reuse: From Research to Implementation

    The overall goal of the project is to implement globally and at large scale recovery and safe reuse models of resources generated from liquid and solid waste streams in order to promote food security, cost recovery in the sanitation sector, and livelihood opportunities, while safeguarding public health and the environment in poor urban and peri-urban […]
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  • Reinforcing research on vulnerabilities at household and community levels in face of climate change in West Africa

    Background: The frequency of extreme weather events associated with climate change, particularly floods, has increased in West Africa. Floods can negatively affect water quality by causing faecal pathogens contamination in riverine cities in West Africa and by changing ecological conditions for vectors of some water related disease (malaria, schistosomiasis). There is a paucity of data […]
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Documents

English

Absence of dry season Plasmodium parasitaemia, but high rates of reported acute respiratory infection and diarrhoea in presschool-aged children in Kaédi, southern Mauritania [external file]Touray S, Bâ H, Bâ O, Koïta M, Ould Ahmed Salem CB, Keïta M, Traoré D, Sy I, Winkler MS, Utzinger J & Cissé G (2012) Absence of dry season Plasmodium parasitaemia, but high rates of reported acute respiratory infection and diarrhoea in presschool-aged children in Kaédi, southern Mauritania. [...]
Prevalence of infantile diarrhea in districts of Nouakchott (Mauritania) in 2008: analysis of local hygiene [external file]Sy Ibrahima, Moussa Keita, Doulo Traoré, Brama Koné, Khadijatou Bâ, Ould Boilil Wedadi, Benjamin Fayomi, Bassirou Bonfoh, Marcel Tanner et Guéladio Cissé (2014). Eau, hygiène, assainissement et santé dans les quartiers précaires à Nouakchott (Mauritanie) : contribution à l’approche écosanté à [...]
Ecohealth and climate change: Adaptation to flooding events in riverside secondary cities, West Africa [external file]Cissé G., Koné B., Bâ H., Mbaye I., Koba K., Utzinger J., Tanner M. (2011): Ecohealth and climate change: Adaptation to flooding events in riverside secondary cities, West Africa. in K. Otto-Zimmermann (ed.), Resilient Cities: Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change - Proceedings of the Global [...]
Effects of Hygiene and Defecation Behavior on Helminths and Intestinal Protozoa Infections in Taabo, Côte d’Ivoire [pdf - 629.46 KB]More than 1 billion people are currently infected with soil-transmitted helminths and schistosomes. The global strategy to control helminthiases is the regular administration of anthelmintic drugs to at-risk populations. However, rapid re-infection occurs in areas where hygiene, access to [...]
Environmental Vulnerability Index: Application to the White Bandama Bassin in the Northern Côte d’Ivoire [external file]Kouakou Yao Etienne, Koné Brama, Cissé Guéladio, , Dje Kouakou Bernard, N’Go Yao Alexis, Konaré AbdourAhamane, Savané Issiaka (2013). Environmental Vulnerability Index: Application to the White Bandama Bassin in the Northern Côte d’Ivoire. ISSN: 2067-533X, www.ijcs.uaic.ro, IJCS, Volume 4, [...]
What historical climate time series tell us and what their future impacts may be likely on sanitation and water quality in Kaédi, Mauritania [external file]Cissé Guéladio, Sunkaru Touray, Brama Koné, Hampaté Bâ, Doulo Traoré, Ibrahima Sy, Moussa Keïta, Marcel Tanner, Jürg Utzinger (2014). What historical climate time series tell us and what their future impacts may be likely on sanitation and water quality in Kaédi, Mauritania. In I. K. [...]
Untapped potential of health impact assessment [external file]Winkler MS, Krieger GR, Divall MJ, Cissé G, Wielga M, Singer BH, Tanner M & Utzinger J (2013). Untapped potential of health impact assessment. Bulletin of the World Health Organization 91: 298-305
Vulnerability and adaptability of sanitation systems to climate change [external file]Sherpa Anjali Manandhar, Thammarat Koottatep, Christian Zurbruegg, and Guéladio Cissé (2014). Vulnerability and adaptability of sanitation systems to climate change. Journal of Climate Change 2014. doi: 10.2166/wcc.2014.003
Water-related disaster management and adaptation to climate change: bridges and challenges? [external file]Cissé Guéladio (2012): Water-related disaster management and adaptation to climate change: bridges and challenges?, Water International, DOI:10.1080/02508060.2012.743069

French

Prevalence of infantile diarrhea in districts of Nouakchott (Mauritania) in 2008: analysis of local hygiene [external file]Sy Ibrahima, Moussa Keita, Doulo Traoré, Brama Koné, Khadijatou Bâ, Ould Boilil Wedadi, Benjamin Fayomi, Bassirou Bonfoh, Marcel Tanner et Guéladio Cissé (2014). Eau, hygiène, assainissement et santé dans les quartiers précaires à Nouakchott (Mauritanie) : contribution à l’approche écosanté à [...]
Equité d’accès à l’eau potable dans un contexte de diversité de modes d’approvisionnement: Cas de la ville de Bouaké (Côte d’Ivoire) [external file]Silué B, Cissé G, Koné B, Zurbrügg C and Savané I (2012). Equité d’accès à l’eau potable dans un contexte de diversité de modes d’approvisionnement: Cas de la ville de Bouaké (Côte d’Ivoire). European Journal of Scientific Research. 72(2) 298-310
Étude des diarrhées en milieu périurbain à Abidjan par l’approche écosanté [external file]Koné Brama, Mohamed Doumbia, Ibrahima Sy, Kouassi Dongo, Yveline Agbo-Houenou, Pascal Valentin Houenou, Benjamin Fayomi, Bassirou Bonfoh, Marcel Tanner et Guéladio Cissé, « Étude des diarrhées en milieu périurbain à Abidjan par l’approche écosanté », VertigO - la revue électronique en sciences [...]