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The Swiss Tropical and Public health Institute (Swiss TPH) has been designated a WHO Collaborating Centre for Malaria by global health authorities. The institute is affiliated with the University of Basel.
The designation by the World Health Organization as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Modelling, Monitoring and Training for Malaria Control and Elimination is recognition of Swiss TPH’s broad expertise and contribution to the fight against malaria, according to a statement.
Pedro Alonso, director of the WHO’s global malaria programme, called Swiss TPH “a highly respected academic institutions in Switzerland, with a world-class reputation”.
He added: “The institute’s long-term expertise in malaria research, control and elimination will be highly valuable in supporting WHO’s capacity to implement its mandated work in the global push toward prevention and in the long term vision of a world free from malaria.”
Swiss TPH already serves as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Epidemiology and Control of Helminth Infections as well as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Technology Management and eHealth.
“We are thrilled to be working ever more closely with WHO and our network of partners towards ending malaria,” said Jürg Utzinger, director of Swiss TPH. “The designation reflects our historic contributions to WHO, broad expertise and deep commitment in the field.”
Swiss TPH will provide technical inputs for evidence reviews that contribute to WHO policy recommendations and guidance. For example, it will review a combination of core intervention methods aimed at preventing malaria.
More than 200 million new cases of malaria are detected every year, and over 400,000 people die annually from the mosquito-borne disease.