Long-term research partnerships as the key to success
Maintaining and improving health is an undertaking that can only be achieved together. For this reason, R. Geigy-Stiftung maintains links to many stakeholders from science, politics, the private sector, NGOs and the people affected - in Basel, Switzerland and around the globe. The long-standing relationships with partner institutions in Tanzania, Côte d'Ivoire, Lao PDR, Chad and Peru were and are central to the development of RGS and Swiss TPH.
Ifakara Health Institute (IHI), Tanzania
In 1949 the Swiss TPH initiated its field laboratory in Ifakara / Tanzania. Today IHI is one of the most renowned research and implementation institutions in Africa. At times it employed up to 700 people. They develop new strategies against poverty diseases such as Malaria, tuberculosis or HIV / AIDS. Not least thanks to IHI, Tanzania achieved Millennium Development Goal #4 (reduction of child mortality) as early as 2010.
Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques (CSRS), Côte d'Ivoire
The CSRS (founded in 1951) was an early research station of Switzerland in Africa. Its researchers work on topics such as nutrition, urbanisation, ecology and health. Over the years it has developed into an important Centre of the Switzerland-Ivorian research partnership. Innovative research activities at the CSRS include questions on "One Health" and the fight against parasitic worm diseases.
Centre de Support en Santé Internationale (CSSI), Tscha
Chad is one of the poorest countries in the world. Health care in the capital N'Djamena and in rural areas is insufficient. The Swiss TPH has been active in Chad since 1986. The CSSI has emerged from this commitment. Its specialists* are dedicated to the control of infectious diseases in urban and rural areas and the development of functioning health systems.
Lao Tropical and Public Health Institute (Lao TPHI), Laos
For two decades, the Swiss TPH and the Lao TPHI have enjoyed a fruitful partnership. In addition to the training of health professionals in Lao PDR and the exchange of expert personnel, the focus is on joint research projects: research into and the fight against parasitic worm infections and their consequences, clinical testing of active substances against worm diseases such as liver fluke infections or, more recently, the interaction of dengue fever and parasitic worm diseases with diabetes mellitus.
Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru
The cooperation between the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH) and the Swiss TPH has been formally consolidated by a memorandum of understanding since 2013.
Together, the partners are trying to improve the health of people in rural areas at the household level: by reducing particulate matter in homes, by improving hygiene and by targeted Promotion of early childhood development. The Swiss TPH staff member Stella Hartinger-Peña is assistant professor at the UPCH since 2015. She is holder of the R. Geigy Prize 2018.