Daniel Maeusezahl

Daniel Mäusezahl

Country: Switzerland, born: 1963
Present occupation: Research Group Leader, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)
Field of research: Epidemiology and Public Health

Supported project: Measuring the Health Impact of Improved Water Supplies and Sanitation Facilities in Rural Zimbabwe (1996)

"Research should not be guided by the experts' point of view but conducted on an equal footing and together with the local people."


In Zimbabwe during the 1970s and 1980s, improving water quality and hygiene in rural areas was a major concern. However, no scientifically valid methods were available to assess the impact of rural development projects on people's health. Supported by the R. Geigy-Foundation, Daniel Mäusezahl faced this tricky task. He developed an evaluation method that could be easily implemented and by which the impact of development projects on people's health could be measured.