Speech by Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter © SDC

Didier Burkhalter, Federal Councillor and Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) © SDC

«Health is a matter of priority for Switzerland, because it is a major factor in reducing poverty, and because we are also increasingly being affected directly by disparities in prosperity on the global scale. By looking after the population's health, we create a foundation from which people are able to improve their own livelihoods and living standards, thereby bettering their financial circumstances and reducing their vulnerability. Good health thus contributes to greater social security, peace and economic stability. We have a duty to be agents of a right to health.»


Affordable Anti-Malarial Drugs to Defeat the Disease ©MMV

Panel: Access to medicines © SDC

Ann Aerts, Head of the Novartis Foundation, Switzerland
David Reddy, CEO of MMV, Switzerland
Alexander Schulze, Advisor Health Systems Strengthening and Financing, SDC, Switzerland


Speech by Edna Adan Ismail, founder and director of Edna Adan University Hospital, Somaliland © SDC

Discussion: Access to information for young people © SDC

Erika Placella, SDC health specialist for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Switzerland


Panel: Access to healthcare © SDC

Jacqueline Matoro, SDC health specialist, Tanzania
Susanne Amsler, SDC global health specialist, Switzerland
Ntuli Angyelile Kapologwe, regional medical officer, Tanzania

Article: “Our proactive approach is new”


Closing address by Manuel Sager, SDC Director-General © SDC

Manuel Sager, Director-General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) © SDC

«Yet there remains much to be done. Too many people are still dying from diseases that are actually preventable and curable, because they do not have access to comprehensive healthcare. For example, in any 24-hour period some 29,000 children under the age of five will die of conditions such as malaria and diarrhoea, while more than 4,000 people will fall victim to tuberculosis, and around 800 women and girls will lose their lives as a result of complications with pregnancy and childbirth. That adds up to some 15,000 individuals since this conference began this morning.»