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Transdisciplinary systems research to reduce cocoa swollen shoot virus disease in Ghana (TransdisCSSVD)

Ghana is among the world’s top producers of cocoa (The obroma cacao), with livelihoods of 800’000 farm families’ depending on the crop. The Cocoa Swollen Shoot Virus Disease (CSSVD) is one of the major factors limiting cocoa productivity, and the onl…

Last Modification: 20. February 2017

Valueworks: Effects of Financialization along the Copper Value Chain

Over the last 15 years, Switzerland has emerged as a major global commodity-trading hub. Swiss traders take an intermediary position in commodity chains; they connect markets, influence the pricing process and, unintentionally, change the life-worlds…

Last Modification: 13. January 2017

DASH Study (Disease, Activity and Schoolchildren’s Health)

The DASH study, or in full the Disease, Activity and Schoolchildren’s Health in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, is a joint research project between the University of Basel, Switzerland, the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Basel, Switzerla…

Last Modification: 8. January 2017

Solar drying technology for lumber and food items in Ghana

The overall project is a contribution to the development of Cleaner Production Technologies in developing countries. The main aim is to create access to environmentally friendly, simple to handle, solar powered technology for drying food and material…

Last Modification: 11. December 2016

Clinical features and differential diagnosis of Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhoea in Mali

Clostridium difficile is an enteric pathogen that may cause a wide range of diarrhoeal diseases. While C. difficile is the main causative agent of antibiotic-associated diarrhoea and one of the most important diarrhoeal pathogens in the Western world…

Last Modification: 11. December 2016

Virological treatment failure in HIV-infected adults in Uganda: Risk factors: poor adherence, resistance patterns & intervention strategies.

From May 1st 2014 to June 30th 2015 we had conducted an observational trial at the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) of Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Our study focused on the core challenges of ART (Antiretroviral Therapy) in HIV-infected…

Last Modification: 11. December 2016

Re-Imagining African Cities. The Arts and Urban Politics

The workshop ‘Re-Imagining the African City: The Arts and Urban Politics’ invites established and junior scholars from Africa, the USA, the Middle East and Europe to spend two days of intense research exchange about their individual research and with…

Last Modification: 11. December 2016

Assessment of food system resilience: the case of cocoa in Ghana

This research has the objective to assess the resilience of the cocoa value chain in Ghana. The cocoa value chain (production, processing, retailing and consumption) in Ghana is susceptible to various types of shocks (natural hazards, socio-political…

Last Modification: 11. December 2016

Cocoaagroforestry in Ghana

Even though world-wide demand for cocoa is increasing, cocoa producing regions are suffering from declining yields because of declining soil fertility, climate change, and disease, which significantly threatens cocoa supply chains. Agroforestry has b…

Last Modification: 11. December 2016

Developing joint research proposals in media & communication in various topics, e.g. “effectiveness of farmer communication”

“The Sabbatical of Christoph Spurk is used to develop various research proposals jointly with Kenyan researchers (Prof. Wambui Kiai and Dr. George Nyabuga) and make them ready for submission to donors. The idea is also to establish research cooperati…

Last Modification: 11. December 2016

Drinking Deeply from Museum Work-Milk in Switzerland & Uganda: An international coop between museums in Uganda & Ethnographic Museum at University of Zurich

For around three decades, museum experts, curators and researchers have increasingly started to develop innovative strategies to challenge the violent historical burden and ideologies of colonial legacies inherent in museum collections. Against this…

Last Modification: 11. December 2016

bioinformatics@makerere

Here we propose bioinformatics@makerere, a hands-on bioinformatics course at Makerere University of Kampala, Uganda. The course comprises lectures in the morning and computer practicals in the afternoon. It’s a four-day course targeted at 16 particip…

Last Modification: 11. December 2016

Strengthening Research Laboratory Capacity of Clinical Research on Endemic Diseases in Accra, Ghana

Capacity strengthening encompasses both the infrastructure and the related technical capacity building ín order to ensure clinical research to be performed at the University of Ghana Medical School Korlebu teaching Hospital. The need for strengthenin…

Last Modification: 11. December 2016

Strengthening collaboration in the investigation of heterogeneity in malaria dynamics

This project aims to facilitates potential exchange between Swiss TPH and KWTRP on a number of topics in malaria epidemiology and specifically on an ongoing joint PhD project: “A joint PhD project between Swiss TPH and KWTRP has been agreed on the to…

Last Modification: 8. December 2016

Capacity building on sustainability, transparency and reporting according to the GRI Guidelines

The plan is to set-up a research and training program in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania for representatives of local organizations to learn about sustainability, sustainable development, CSR, stakeholder engagement, transparency, good governance and sust…

Last Modification: 8. December 2016

Virtual doctoral school for the field of interpreting/multilingual communication in Africa

This project aims to develop a proof-of-concept for a Virtual doctoral school in the field of interpreting/multilingual communication between the Universities of Ghana (Accra), Nairobi and Geneva. Building on two pedagogical innovation projects in th…

Last Modification: 8. December 2016

Decolonising Artistic Education Art

The Institute of Art Education at the Zurich University of the Arts seeks to develop a research collaboration with the Nagenda International Academy of Art & Design (NIAAD) in Uganda. Our plan is to kick-start our collaboration with a 24-month tw…

Last Modification: 8. December 2016

Movement analysis of cervical and lumbar spine

The overall objective of the proposed kick-start exchange visit is establishing a research network between University of Ghana and Zurich University of Applied Sciences but more specifically in the area of neck and low back pain. Both teams (investig…

Last Modification: 8. December 2016

Rapid identification & detection of antibiotic resistance profiles in blood culture bacterial isolates

We propose here to kick-start a multi-site study analyzing the prevalence, causative pathogens and their antibiotic resistance patterns, outcomes, and cofactors of BSI among febrile patients consecutively presenting to hospitals in Kenya. This study…

Last Modification: 8. December 2016

Missionary Scholarship & Development of Africanist Knowledge: Forging Cohabitation of Religious and Secular

The project focuses on missionary erudition in connection with the development of African studies embodied by the archives of Christian missionary societies that worked in Cameroon. While the entire project covers a period of three years, the kick-st…

Last Modification: 8. December 2016

Transition to e-only policies

The project aims at establishing links to African libraries in order to support common projects between the University of Basel and African universities. The supply with information is perceived as being a precondition for a fruitful collaboration in…

Last Modification: 8. December 2016

Correlating anti-TB drug pharmacokinetics with clinical outcomes in TB/HIV co-infected patients

“SOUTH” is an ongoing study on the evaluation of the pharmacokinetics of anti-tuberculosis (TB) drugs and TB treatment outcomes in HIV/TB co-infected Ugandan adults. Worldwide this is one of the largest prospective trial looking into this topic. It h…

Last Modification: 8. December 2016

Strengthening Civil Registration & Vital Statistics (CRVS) Mozambique-Intro of New Approaches for Community-based Death Registration

ln low-income settings, such as in many Sub-Saharan African countries, CRVS systems are often weak. In fact, it is estimated that only 1% of the deaths in low-income countries are reported with information on causes of death. Given its multidisciplin…

Last Modification: 8. December 2016

Urban food systems and rural relations

The aim of the proposed activities is to build up strong research links through the development of an innovative multi-disciplinary research approach on urban-rural/regional food systems in Kenya. Furthermore, through the development of common field…

Last Modification: 8. December 2016

Women’s football clubs as specific “societal universe” to girls soccer players in Senegal

The invisibility of women’ sport in Senegalese society bears enormous harm to many women’ sports clubs seeking to grow since its emergence in 1975 and later, the creation of the Women’ National Team in 2001-2002. The reasons of this marginalization a…

Last Modification: 8. December 2016

Disability and Technology

The research group currently engages in the SNF and SDC funded three years research project r4d (research for development) in which one Swiss and three Ugandan PhD candidates started individual research projects in March 2014. Additionally, two Swiss…

Last Modification: 8. December 2016

Global Enterprise Monitor: Exploratory Kick-off in Western Africa

The grant request helped to support a Swiss-Western African scientific workshop at the University of Ouagadougou 2, Burkina Faso, in spring 2015 for 3 full days. The scientific workshop was intended to gather Swiss scientists and Western African scie…

Last Modification: 8. December 2016

Récit national et conception de la diversité dans les discours politiques au Sénégal et en Suisse. Vers des pratiques novatrices de gestion

Il nous paraît pertinent de choisir l’instrument « Exchange Visit », suite à une proposition du DrKalidou Seydou SY de l’Université Gaston Berger à St-Louis. Il souhaite mettre en place unecoopération inter-universitaire et une réflexion scientifique…

Last Modification: 8. December 2016

Drug Resistant Tuberculosis in Kampala, Uganda: Complementing Susceptibility Testing With Whole Genome Sequencing

Proposed activities to be funded by this grant: a) Workshop at the Makerere University on bioinformatic and phylogenetic tools (2 weeks). We propose a workshop on the usage of next generation sequencing technologies and population genomics to tackle…

Last Modification: 8. December 2016

Re-Imagining African Cities. The Arts and Urban Politics

The workshop ‘Re-Imagining the African City: The Arts and Urban Politics’ invites established and junior scholars from Africa, the USA, the Middle East and Europe to spend two days of intense research exchange about their individual research and with…

Last Modification: 8. December 2016

SkyIsland Biodiversity Network: Biodiversity discovery through data capture and processing

Implementation of data management system for collecting, processing, analysing and promoting biodiversity data for the poorly known Mozambican region. This complements established projects in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania a…

Last Modification: 8. December 2016

The Use of ICTs in Projects for Sustainable Povery Reduction in Ghana and Mauritius

How does the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), especially mobile phones and internet, increase access to economic, educational and health resources in Ghana and in Mauritius? How can the use of ICTs reduce poverty and contribu…

Last Modification: 8. December 2016

CASB/ZASB – Centre for African Studies Basel

The Centre for African Studies Basel (CASB) coordinates Africa-related teaching and events at the University of Basel in cooperation with institutions outside the university. The CASB is the only institution in Switzerland offering a Masters and a Ph…

Last Modification: 28. June 2016

Edge Effects of Anthropogenic Barriers on Protected Mammal Ecosystems

Comparative Risk Assessment of Physical and Metaphorical Fences to Mitigate Human-Wildlife Conflict PhD Project, Zoology Dep. Environmental Sciences at University of Basel in Cooperation with the Animal Demography Unit at University of Cape Town UCT…

Last Modification: 9. June 2016

(Re)searching the Middle Class in Subsaharan Africa: A mulitdisciplinary Kick-off Workshop

Objectives 1: stimulate a local debate and knowledge exchange by bringing together a varied set of voices to the exploration of Kenya‘s middle class. 2: collecting data on the Kenyan middle-class, which includes personal stories, pictures, video-docu…

Last Modification: 9. June 2016

Genomic tools to study the diversity of African cichlid fishes

“I propose to organize a joint kick-starting workshop in Basel, aiming at bringing together our African partners with local scientists and students. The research of my group focuses on two enigmatic species assemblages of cichlid fishes, the exceptio…

Last Modification: 9. June 2016

Cocoa agroforestry in Ghana

Ghana is the second largest producer of cocoa (Theobroma cacao) in the world, with livelihoods of approximately 800’000 farmer families partly depending on the crop. However, the sustainability of the cocoa production systems is challenged, mainly be…

Last Modification: 9. June 2016

Scientific Drilling at Lake Tanganyika, Africa: A Transformative Record for Understanding Evolution in Isolation and the Historical Biology of the African Continent

In collaboration with a large interdisciplinary team of international scientists including African collaborators, we propose to tap this unique historical record to understand how the ecosystems of both Lake Tanganyika and its surrounding watershed h…

Last Modification: 9. June 2016

SwissTPH Teaching and Training Courses

All departments of the Swiss TPH take part, in Teaching and Training in various forms. As an associated institute of the University of Basel, numerous Swiss TPH staff have teaching obligations at the University. The Institute is involved in the BSc s…

Last Modification: 8. June 2016

Ageing, Agency and Health in Urbanizing Tanzania

Project Management: Brigit Obrist; Obrist van Eeuwijk Persons involved Sandra Staudacher; Andrea Patricia Grolimund; Piet Van Eeuwijk Period Start: 01. Apr 2012 End 31. Jan 2016 Description The project ‘Ageing, Agency and Health in Urbanizing Tanzani…

Last Modification: 8. June 2016