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New Phone Numbers

Following a change of the service provider, the SNIS phone numbers change. Kindly note our new phone numbers, valid as from today:


General phone number: +41 22 525 05 47


To reach the SNIS staff members, you may use the following direct access numbers:

Dr Bernhard Fuhrer (Director): +41 22 525 31 77

Damien Marti (Projects & Multimedia): +41 22 525 21 88

Christa Allot (Communication and Events): +41 22 525 37 55


The former phone numbers will be in use until 31 March 2017 only. After this time, you will need to use above phone numbers. Thank you for up-dating your address book.

WASH in health care facilities in India

Water, sanitation and hygiene services (WASH) are crucial to public health, especially in health care facilities. A recent report of UNICEF and WHO in low and middle-income countries states that 38% of health care facilities do not have any water sources. 15% of patients developed one or more infections during a health care facility visit. Vulnerable groups (women in childbed, pregnant women, children and the disabled) are even put at increased risks. The video presents the SNIS funded research project lead by EAWAG-Sandec to monitor WASH in public health care facilities in India and Uganda in the context of maternal health and menstrual hygiene. The research takes into account the gender consideration and specific needs of women and men. It produced several recommendations for improvements, useful for sanitation planners, health care administrators and officials in the public sector in low and middle-income countries.

watch the video

read the executive summary of the project

Panchase Region, Western Nepal

The SNIS produced documentary "Dhōdār" will be screened and discussed with the Political Discourse Society of Franklin University in Lugano on 1 March 2017. The movie addresses the issue of men moving away from Nepali villages in search for work, leaving behind their mothers, wives and daughters who struggle in their daily life to adapt to changing environmental conditions. The documentary is based on the SNIS project “Sustainable Land Management in Mountain Regions of Bolivia and Nepal in the Context of Outmigration, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction”.


Watch the documentary

More about the research: Executive Summary

More on the research topic: Identifying Emerging Issues in Disaster Risk Reduction, Migration, Climate Change and Sustainable Development (published by Springer)


The call for projects has again met a vivid interest among researchers all over Switzerland. Seventy-seven pre-proposals have been submitted during this year’s call for projects, with the special annual theme of migration in the lens of the SDGs.

After thorough evaluation by the Scientific Committee about fifteen research teams will be invited to elaborate their proposal for the second, final round. Coordinators of submitted pre-proposals can expect to be informed by mid-April of the Scientific Committee’s decision.