We research and collaborate

In order to promote physical activity and wellbeing among primary school children and teachers:

Department of Sport, Exercise and Health

The Department of Sport, Exercise and Health at the University of Basel (Switzerland) unites teaching, research and service in the areas of Sports Medicine, Sports Science and Movement and Exercise Science.

The Department is led by Prof Dr Uwe Pühse.

Department of Human Movement Science

The Human Movement Science Department at the Nelson Mandela University (Port Elizabeth, South Africa) offers undergraduate and postgraduate studies in human movement science.


The Department is led by Prof Dr Cheryl Walter.


Over the years of collaboration, we were privileged to work with an ever-growing team of researchers, students, volunteers and partners from South Africa and Switzerland.

Together, they constitute the foundation of this UNESCO Chair:


We work in close collaboration with our partners

Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

Swiss TPH

The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Basel, Switzerland) is a world-leading institute in global health with a particular focus on low- and middle-income countries. Associated with the University of Basel, Swiss TPH combines research, services, education and training. [They] aim to improve health and wellbeing of populations through a better understanding of disease and health systems and by acting on this knowledge.

Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques

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The Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d’Ivoire (Abdijan, Côte d’Ivoire) is a research centre active in the fields of biodiversity, food security, environment and health. Its mission is to initiate, encourage, support and carry out research for sustainable development in Côte d’Ivoire and West Africa.

Ifakara Health Institute

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The Ifakara Health Institute (Ifakara, Tanzania) is a leading research organization in Africa, with strong track records in developing, testing and validating innovations for health. The institute’s work spans across biomedical and ecological sciences, intervention studies, health-systems research, monitoring and evaluation and policy translation.

Eastern Cape Department of Education

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The Eastern Cape Department of Education (Bhisho, South Africa) offers quality education and training systems to the province promoting schools as centres of community life. Its mission is to provide socially relevant and economically responsive programmes that address the human resource needs of the province and the country to empower the whole South African community at all levels.

Eastern Cape Department of Health

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The Eastern Cape Department of Health (Bhisho, South Africa) provides quality health service to the province promoting a better life for all. Emphasis is on the primary health care approach and optimally utilising all resources, in order to enable all present and future generations to enjoy health and quality of life.

Embassy of Switzerland in South Africa

Swiss Embassy

Official representation of Switzerland in South Africa. The Embassy covers all matters concerning diplomatic relations between Switzerland and South Africa and is based in Pretoria.


We are supported by

The Novartis Foundation

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The Novartis Foundation (Basel, Switzerland) is a philanthropic organization aiming to have a sustainable impact on the health of low-income communities. The Foundation tackles global health challenges through a mix of programmatic work, health outcomes research, and their translation into policy. Around the world the foundation is working to address hypertension, and related cardiovascular complications, and to accelerate efforts to eliminate leprosy and malaria by focusing on interventions that aim to interrupt transmission.

Fondation Botnar

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Fondation Botnar (Basel, Switzerland) is a philanthropic foundation. It was founded in 2003 by Marcela Botnar, wife of businessman and philanthropist Octav Botnar. The foundation's focus is on leveraging the latest technologies to improve the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents in low-and-middle-income countries.