Dr Alain Amstutz
BRCCH Consortium Member
Alain Amstutz is part of the BRCCH-funded MistraL project that investigates mitigation strategies for the COVID-19 pandemic in Lesotho. He is responsible for the community-based intervention and supports the implementation of the project in the districts.
Dr. Alain Amstutz is a physician by training and currently enrolled in a PhD (Clinical Research) at the University of Basel and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, funded by the SNSF/SAMW MD-PhD scholarship. His research focuses on how to control the HIV epidemic in Lesotho with innovative methods assessed in randomized trials, such as HIV self-testing, decentralization of ART delivery, and differentiated service delivery for adolescents. Furthermore, one of his randomized controlled trials investigates low-level viremia to challenge the current WHO definition of virologic failure. He is eager to leverage lessons learned from the HIV epidemic to the COVID-19 response.
He has been living in Lesotho for more than three years, has fallen in love with the country and its people and still enjoys papa le moroho.