Swiss Tropical & Public Health Institute

The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (originally Swiss Tropical Institute) or Swiss TPH was founded in 1943 as a public institution and associated institute of the University of Basel. We pursue the mandate to contribute to better health locally, nationally and internationally, through research, teaching/training and direct services provision, policy dialogue and public health action emphasizing resources poor settings and neglected diseases and populations.

Swiss TPH receives core funding from the local and national governments at the level of max. 20%, while the remainder must be generated through competitively acquired funds for research and services. Currently more than 550 staff members from over 56 nations are working in Basel and some 94 staff members in 28 countries around the world.

Our activities include research into infectious and chronic diseases, environmental epidemiology and exposure sciences, health transition, the development and validation of new control methods and their implementation in health programmes. Hence, our research covers the molecular as well as the population level and the activities are further enriched by our commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration and a network of well-established partnerships in both, low- and middle-income countries in Africa, Asia and South America, as well as in Europe and North America.

Our activities in the broad field of malaria research and control represent a typical example on how we work on innovation, validation and application to contribute to better health. The portfolio ranges from participation in and lead of innovation of new drug or vaccine candidates, their subsequent clinical development and their integration into international policy and national control programmes. We also contribute to the design and implementation of integrated control approaches to different urban and rural settings in Africa, Asia, and the Pacific.

Swiss TPH also undertakes a wide range of consultancy and backstopping activities aimed at strengthening health systems, including understanding the social, cultural and economic contexts that govern health and social systems. Swiss TPH acts as Local Fund Agent (LFA) for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) in 19 countries and one region. Swiss TPH is the national reference centre for parasitoses and provides extensive clinical and diagnostic facilities as well as a travel medicine centre providing vaccinations and advice for short- and long-term travellers.

Teaching and training is another important pillar of Swiss TPH. “Mutual learning for change” is our guiding principle. As an associated institute of the University of Basel the Swiss TPH is involved in different curricula of the Faculties of Medicine, Science and Humanities. Currently the institute offers 80 PhD and 40 MSc positions every year. As part of its advanced university education courses, Swiss TPH also offers a Master of Advanced Studies in International Health and contributes to the Swiss Master of Public Health degree.