Vision of Swiss TPH: Our vision is to achieve significant improvements of human health and well-being through a better understanding of disease- and health systems and acting on this knowledge.
Mandate: Our mandate is to contribute to the improvement of the health of populations internationally, nationally and locally through excellence in research, services and teaching and training.
Research and teaching are the primary focus of the Epidemiology and Public Health (EPH) and Medical Parasitology & Infectious Biology (MPI) departments. Their strengths lie in the innovation, validation, and application of new molecular, cellular, and epidemiological research approaches to advance public health on a Swiss, European, and global scale. The activities of both departments benefit from a 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.
Epidemiological Databases: Mapping Malaria Risk in Africa (MARA):
The MARA project was set up in 1996 as a multi-institute collaboration centered at the South African Medical Research Council (MRC), to provide an accurate atlas of malaria risk for sub-Saharan Africa, based on assembling malaria prevalence data from published and grey literature. To date over 13 000 data-points have been collected, through literature searches and country visits. MARA is an open-access and user-friendly internet-based platform to extract and display malaria prevalence data.