Professor Christian Lengeler is unit head at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute and professor of Epidemiology at the University of Basel, Switzerland. He has been working for the past 30 years on the epidemiology and control of tropical diseases, with a strong focus on malaria. He was involved in developing insecticide treated nets (ITNs) as a malaria control tool in the 1990s and has pioneered many developments in large‐scale vector control in sub‐Saharan Africa.
Since 1999 he has been involved in the establishment and running of the national ITN programme in Tanzania. Currently, his group is working on understanding and improving access to malaria treatment in malaria‐endemic countries, improving the quality of health care, the introduction of improved diagnostic strategies and the basic science of non-malarial illnesses.
Currently, Professor Lengeler’s unit is working on understanding and improving access to malaria treatment in malaria‐endemic countries, improving the quality of health care, the introduction of improved diagnostic strategies and the basic science of non-malarial illnesses. More recently, he has been involved in new approaches to treat children with severe malaria in hard-to-reach settings. His main research interest is operational research and the process of generating, packaging and disseminating evidence on health interventions for communicable diseases. His unit is also instrumental in implementing and evaluating large health care interventions in Tanzania, DR Congo, Ivory Coast, and Papua New Guinea. Professor Lengeler is also the chair of two Product Development scientific committees at Medicines for Malaria Venture and Innovative Vector Control Consortium and a member of numerous scientific committees.