R. Geigy Foundation Award 2016



Giovanna Raso

Country: Switzerland/Italy, born: 1973

„People in Côte d’Ivoire suffer from various parasites at the same time”


Dr. Giovanna Raso is an epidemiologist who explores new ways to improve the health of rural populations in Côte d’Ivoire. In her research, she focuses on helminth infections and on improving water and sanitation. «People in Côte d’Ivoire suffer from various parasites at the same time”, she says - A fact that has been shaping her career as an epidemiologist from early on. Her latest research project analyses the combined influence of chemotherapy, latrine construction and health education programmes in schools. Raso’s work provides the backbone for evidence-based health recommendations offered by WHO, among others. Giovanna Raso obtained a PhD at the University of Basel and Swiss TPH in 2004. She now works as a project leader at Swiss TPH.




Jean T. Coulibaly

Country: Côte d’Ivoire, born: 1978

«I want to improve the health of people in my home country»


Epidemiologist, Dr. Jean T. Coulibaly has devoted his scientific career to better understanding the epidemiology and transmission of bilharzia and other helminth infections in his home country. He develops and evaluates novel tests for better diagnoses and explores new chemotherapies for treating helminth infections. Thanks to his research, there is a test that can quickly detect the parasite causing bilharzia in the urine. Laborious stool examinations are no longer needed. “I always wanted to work for better health in my home country, Côte d’Ivoire”, he says. Today he leads the monitoring and evaluation unit at the Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques (CSRS) in Côte d’Ivoire in Western Africa.