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From the Swiss Tropical Institute and the
Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine to the
Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)

Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Socinstrasse 57, 4051 Basel
P.O. Box, 4002 Basel, Switzerland, Telephone +41 61 284 81 11,
                                                                          Board of Governors
          10 members from the Canton Basel, the Swiss Federation, universities and the private sector. Chairman: Felix Gutzwiller, Vice-Chairman: Jörg H. Schwarzenbach

                                           Director: Marcel Tanner, Deputy Directors/Department Heads: Nino Künzli, Nicolaus Lorenz,
                                    Department Heads: Christian Burri, Christoph Hatz, Gerd Pluschke, Administrative Director: Stefan Mörgeli

                                     Stefan Mörgeli
                                                                                                              Teaching and Training,
                                                                                                        Knowledge Management, eLearning,
    Finances             Human Resources        Informatics          Infrastructure                          Public Relations, Library
Dominique Bourgau         Silvan Bärtschi     Marco Clementi        Stefan Mörgeli                               Axel Hoffmann

Epidemiology and Public Health       Medical Parasitology               Medicines Research                  Swiss Centre                         Medical Services
Head: Nino Künzli                    and Infection Biology              Head: Christian Burri               for International Health             and Diagnostic
Deputy Head: Mitchell G. Weiss       Head: Gerd Pluschke                                                    Head: Nicolaus Lorenz                Head: Christoph Hatz
                                     Deputy Head: Reto Brun             Pharmaceutical Medicine             Deputy Head: Claudia Kessler         Deputy Head: Hanspeter Marti
Biostatistics and                                                       Christian Burri
Computational Sciences               Gene Regulation                                                        Health Systems and                   Medical Consultations
Tom Smith                            Till Voss                                                              Economics                            Johannes Blum
                                                                                                            Manfred Störmer
Chronic Disease Epidemiology         Helminth Drug                                                                                               Travel Clinic
Nicole Probst-Hensch                 Development                                                            Health Technology                    Christoph Hatz
                                     Jennifer Keiser                                                        and Telemedicine
Ecosystem Health Sciences                                                                                   Martin Raab                          Medical Practice Foehre
Jürg Utzinger                        Molecular Diagnostics                                                                                       Johannes Blum
                                     Ingrid Felger                                                          Sexual and Reproductive
Environmental Epidemiology                                                                                  Health                               National Reference
and Risk Assessment                  Molecular Immunology                                                   Claudia Kessler                      Centre for Diagnostic
Martin Röösli                        Gerd Pluschke                                                                                               Immunology
                                                                                                            Systems Performance                  Stefanie Kramme
Environmental                        Molecular Parasitology                                                 and Monitoring
Exposure Sciences                    and Epidemiology                                                       Kaspar Wyss                          National Reference
Sally Liu                            Hans-Peter Beck                                                                                             Centre for Diagnostic
Gender and Health                    Parasite Chemotherapy                                                                                       Hanspeter Marti
Elisabeth Zemp Stutz                 Reto Brun
                                                                                                                                                 Vector Control Centre
Health Interventions                 Tuberculosis Research                                                                                       Pie Müller
Christian Lengeler                   Sebastien Gagneux

Health Social Sciences
Mitchell G. Weiss

Health Systems
Don de Savigny

Human and Animal Health
Jakob Zinsstag
From the Swiss Tropical Institute and the Institute                       Today over 500 colleagues from 40 nations work worldwide for
of Social and Preventive Medicine to the Swiss Tropical                   the Swiss TPH in research, teaching and service provision with the
and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)                                   single goal of facilitating and contributing to global health devel-
                                                                          opment with a strong focus on underdeveloped countries. We are
Since it’s founding in 1943, the Swiss Tropical Institute (STI) has be-   determined to improve public health, strengthen health systems and
come a world-renowned institution for teaching, research and serv-        reduce poverty through partnerships, mutual learning, contribution
ices in the field of International Health Development. The multi- and     and achievements. As an associate institute of the University of Ba-
cross-disciplinary activities and experience of scientific laboratory     sel, the Swiss TPH takes part in teaching within the medical, philos-
studies, conceptual clinical work and practical transfer of technical     ophy, natural sciences, and historical philosophy faculties, as well
expertise to health system planning and programmes in local, na-          as is engaged in post-graduate education and advanced training in
tional and partner countries are the building blocks of our success.      the Swiss Public Health Continuing Education Programme (SSPH+)
In June 2009 the Institute for Social and Preventative Medicine of the    and an international network of academic facilities in the field of
University of Basel, internationally recognized in the areas of envi-     global health (tropEd).
ronmental epidemiology and women’s health, was integrated into
the STI. With the beginning of the year 2010, the physical integration
of our offices is taking place, and the whole Institute publicly takes
on its new name, the “Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute”,
also to be known as the “Swiss TPH”.
           Expenditures 2010                  Revenue 2010
 Total operating expenses 41,6 Mio CHF   Total turnover 41,6 Mio CHF

      6,6 Mio CHF / 15,9%                       8,0 Mio CHF / 19,2%
      misc. operating costs                     subsidies

        1,3 Mio CHF / 3,1%
               investments                      0,2 Mio CHF / 0,5%
            and deductions                      other revenues

     30,0 Mio CHF / 72,1%
                                                33,4 Mio CHF / 80,3%
           personnel costs
                                                revenues from projects
                                                and services
                                                                         Research and teaching are the primary focus of the Epidemiology
                                                                         and Public Health (EPH) and Medical Parasitology and Infec-
                                                                         tious Biology (MPI) departments. Their strengths lie in the inno-
                                                                         vation, validation, and application of new molecular, cellular, and
       3,7 Mio CHF / 8,9%                                                epidemiological research approaches to advance public health on
  expenditures for materials
    and third party services                                             a Swiss, European, and global scale. The activities of both depart-
                                                                         ments benefit from a commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration
                                                                         and a network of well-established partnerships in both, low- and
Finances                                                                 middle-income countries in Africa, Asia and South America, as well
                                                                         as in Europe and North America.
The Swiss TPH is a public organisation of the Basel-City region re-
ceiving 20% of its core budget from Basel-City and Basel-Land (12%)      MPI parasitology studies, and medical and cellular processes, con-
and the Swiss federal government (8%). The remaining contribu-           tribute to infectious disease control by advancing basic biological
tions (80%) are received through competitive fundraising and the         science, developing new vaccines, improving diagnostics and screen-
earnings of our service departments. The total projected turnover        ing for new compounds. For its interdisciplinary scientific strategy,
of the Institute amounts to CHF 41.6 Mio for 2010. Nearly 75% of         integration of clinical, field and laboratory research elements is of
the Institutes funds cover personnel costs of the currently 320 staff    prime importance. Linking molecular biological and immunologi-
members on the payroll of the Swiss TPH. Including all of the local      cal approaches to epidemiological studies enables detailed explo-
contracts of staff abroad, the students working for the Institute, and   ration of pathogenesis, virulence mechanisms, host immunity and
third party paid scientists and associates, 570 people are engaged at    transmission. Improved understanding of infection processes builds
the Swiss TPH.                                                           the foundation for the development and validation of progressive
concepts, methods and products, such as new vaccines, diagnostics       concerned with air and noise pollution, interconnectedness of hu-
and drugs. Diseases of long-standing interest include malaria, tuber-   man and animal health, sanitation and safe water, and non-ionizing
culosis, African trypanosomiasis, helminth infections, Buruli ulcer     radiation.
and bacterial meningitis. Field work in partnership with colleagues
in disease-endemic countries typically complements our laboratory       Cross-disciplinary interests represented in various activities of the
studies.                                                                research agenda include study of social gender and biological sex
                                                                        differences, links between population-based interventions and the
EPH research also relies on a wide range of partnerships concerned      organization and access to health systems, as well as the social and
with modern epidemiology (enhanced by inventive mapping and             cultural determinants of health status and disease control. Addi-
modelling), health systems, the vulnerability and resilience of com-    tional distinctive priorities include long-term follow up of large na-
munities, and population behaviour among critical determinants of       tional and international partners, the integrated analysis of health
public health. Malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and various neglect-     data bases with social, cultural, environmental, molecular and ge-
ed tropical diseases (especially schistosomiasis and other helmin-      netic information, and the modeling and mapping of diseases and
thiases, food-borne trematodes, trypanosomiasis, and Buruli) are        exposures. These activities of the Swiss TPH are active in advancing
priority disease interests in Africa and Asia. The integration of the   knowledge and providing policy-relevant information for the im-
former Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine into the Swiss       provement of public health.
Tropical Institute to create the Swiss TPH inspires the agenda for
research on chronic diseases including cardiovascular, respiratory
and allergic disorders, as well as cancer, its exogenous and endog-
enous causes (e.g., environmental, life-style, socio-cultural and ge-
netic factors). EPH environmental and ecological health studies are
Teaching and Training                                                       tended by more than 150 students per year. “Change things by learn-
                                                                            ing from each other” is our guiding principle and reflects the format
In conjunction with research and services – teaching, training and          and atmosphere of our course offerings. They are aimed at health
continuous education build another fundament of the Swiss TPH. At           experts from all over the world and take place primarily in Basel,
the Swiss TPH – a University of Basel associated Institute – reside the     but also abroad, for example, in collaboration with the Tanzanian
two disciplines of Epidemiology and Medical Parasitology in the Hu-         Training Center for International Health in Ifakara, Tanzania. The
manities and Natural Sciences Faculty, and Social and Preventative          Swiss TPH’s further education efforts are complemented by courses
Medicine in the Medical Faculty. The Swiss TPH is heavily involved          for Swiss pharmacists, diagnostics of various tropical diseases and
in the planning and facilitation of the curricula for the Faculty of Sci-   general tropics courses.
ences, the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Humanities. Here,
the core areas are infection biology, epidemiology, public health, and
social sciences, the latter focusing on health, medical anthropology
and African studies. Each year, we supervise more than 120 PhD and
40 MSc candidates. We also offer a Masters program for Advanced
Studies in International Health, currently attended by more than 80
students. Furthermore, the institute is a hub for the Masters of Public
Health program (German speaking) of the Universities of Basel, Bern
and Zürich and is represented in several committees of the Swiss
School of Public Health+ (SSPH+). Within the SSPH+, the Swiss TPH
is responsible for the PhD program. The programs of the Swiss TPH
are complemented by a series of advanced courses in International
Health. These courses last between one and three weeks and are at-
Services                                                                 tries in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. According to the
                                                                         complex requirements, the professional background of the staff is
In addition to having a strong reputation as a world-class research      widespread and spans medicine, pharmacy, engineering, economy,
centre, the Swiss TPH contributes its experience and expertise to the    education, sociology, and administration.
Basel area and Swiss community, as well as internationally. This is
achieved through the three departments of the Swiss Centre for           The experts in MedRes integrate research and services, develop-
International Health (SCIH), Medicines Research (MedRes) and             ing and improving drugs and vaccines and diagnostics. Their main
Medical Services (MEDDIA). The combination of these services             activities are the collection of epidemiologic data, support in the
with research and teaching creates synergies increasing the quality      scientific selection process for new health interventions, and the
of work across the entire Swiss TPH.                                     execution and monitoring of clinical studies in countries with little
                                                                         resources. In these countries, MedRes also supports drug registra-
The SCIH supports projects and consults management and public            tion and offers counselling on access to medicines and drug safety/
policy in healthcare, both in industrialized and developing countries.   pharmacovigilance. Additionally, MedRes helps to create ethical
Their focus areas are Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV /AIDS,      and regulatory guidelines for the development of new medicines,
Health Technology & Telemedicine, Health Systems Economics, and          working closely with international consortia and hospitals primarily
Systems Performance and Monitoring. Among the clients of the SCIH        in tropical countries. Currently, the focus is on indicators such as
are the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health, the Swiss Agency for      African sleeping sickness, malaria, and tuberculosis.
Development and Cooperation, the State Secretariat for Economic
Affairs, the World Bank, the World Health Organization and many
other bi- and multi-lateral organizations. The SCIH employs over 130
experts from more than 30 nations at the Basel site and in 15 coun-
MEDDIA focuses on consultation and treatment in the areas of tropi-      Travel Clinic (Vaccinations)
cal and travel medicine, mainly supporting the population in north-      Without appointment
western Switzerland and the neighbouring countries. Each year,           Mon, Tues, Thurs         16:00 – 19:00
                                                                         Mon, Fri                 12:00 – 14:00
a small team of experienced medical doctors treat approximately
2,500 sick returnees from the tropics and provide more than 10,000       Outpatient Clinic
pre-travel consultations, playing a nation-wide advisory role. The in-   With appointment
stitute also runs a laboratory for parasitology providing Swiss-wide     Telephone               +41 61 284 8255
                                                                         Mon – Fri                8:00 – 12:00
service and is a national reference laboratory for imported human
parasitic diseases, as well as offers a 24-hour telephone service for    Information Hotline
clinical and diagnostic emergencies. MEDDIA continuously devel-          Telephone               +41 900 57 5131 (2.69/min.)
ops new diagnostic tools and facilitates a test centre for repellents    Mon – Fri                8:30 – 11:30
and insecticides recognised across Europe.                                                       14:00 – 17:00

                                                                         Diagnostic Centre
In close cooperation with the centres for travel medicine in Zurich      Telephone               +41 900 57 6667 (3.89/min.)
and Bern, MEDDIA provides coverage in travel and tropical medi-          Mon, Tues               14:00 – 16:00
cine in the German part of Switzerland. Furthermore, the medical         Mon, Fri                15:00 – 17:00
                                                                         Thurs                    8:00 – 10:00
department directly supports a clinic for chronic diseases in Tanza-
nia, where, amongst other treatments, more than 2,500 HIV / AIDS
patients are administered continuous antiretroviral therapy.

                                                                         Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
                                                                         Socinstrasse 57, 4051 Basel, P.O. Box, 4002 Basel, Switzerland
                                                                         Telephone +41 61 284 81 11,

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