Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) is a world-leading institution in health research, training and services. It improves, maintains and promotes the health of individuals and societies all around the globe. A special emphasis is on resource-constrained countries.

The multidisciplinary activities range from laboratory studies to clinical work, and the practical transfer of conceptual and technical expertise into health system planning and programs. Sharing and mutual learning are the building blocks of our success.

With its service department, the Swiss Centre for International Health, Swiss TPH acts as a health advisory, support and implementation agency for a variety of local, national and international funding bodies and clients.

Swiss TPH covers a wide range of research activities in the field of parasitology, infection biology, health systems and public health. This includes exploring the health impact of many environmental exposures ranging from indoor and outdoor air pollution to climate change, electromagnetic fields and noise. In large population-based cohort studies, experts examine the relationship between these environmental factors and personal genetic disposition. They try to better understand the causes of chronic diseases such as respiratory diseases, cancer or cardiovascular diseases. Such knowledge is needed to implement effective prevention strategies in Switzerland and all over the world.

Swiss TPH hosts three WHO collaborating centres:

  • WHO Collaborating Centre for Epidemiology and Control of Helminth Infections (Unit | Ecosystem Health Sciences)
  • WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Technology Management and eHealth (Unit | Health Technology and Telemedicine)
  • WHO Collaborating Centre for Modelling, Monitoring and Training for Malaria Control and Elimination (Unit | Health Interventions)
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Climate Change & Environment Nexus Brief: Health

This brief looks at the complex interaction between climate change and human health. It discusses policy responses in a development context and identifies relevant environmental determinants.

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