Health – A prerequisite for development

Smiling mother and child in Nigeria
The SDC promotes universal and equal access to health care which is an essential global challenge for the wellbeing of the world’s population. © SDC/Olivier Lassen

The SDC's engagement in the area of health revolves around three issues: the strengthening of health systems; the fight against communicable and noncommunicable diseases; and the improvement of sexual, reproductive, maternal, neonatal and child health. The SDC is active in low and middle-income countries (in both stable and fragile contexts), as well as in transition countries.

Strengthening health systems

Key constraints related to service delivery, health workforce, health financing, governance and management, availability and quality of infrastructure, equipment, medical products and technologies.

Sexual and reproductive health

Improving the health of mothers, newborns and children, and promoting reproductive and sexual health and rights that includes access to health services for all.

Communicable and noncommunicable diseases

Promoting healthy lifestyles via a community-based approach for noncommunicable diseases; providing financial support for preventive care, treatment and the development of new medicines and diagnostic tools for communicable diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, diarrhea and acute respiratory infections as well as neglected tropical diseases.

Documents

Current projects

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Switzerland donates ambulances to Syria's suffering population

Switzerland is financing twelve new ambulances to improve the situation of people suffering from the consequences of the war in Syria. © FDFA

20.02.2016 - 31.10.2017

The SDC has delivered twelve new ambulances to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC). A Swiss delegation accompanied the delivery in the Syrian capital Damascus. The ambulances are urgently needed in Syria because the country's health system has too few ambulances to cope with the enormous number of victims caused by the war, including attacks against hospitals.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Syria
Humanitarian Assistance
Health
Health system strengthening
Primary health care
Emergency and relief

20.02.2016 - 31.10.2017


CHF 900'000



Policy Dialogue for better Health Governance in Ukraine

A woman is at the doctor's.

01.12.2015 - 30.11.2019

This project aims to strengthen the Ukrainian health ministry's authority and expertise in order to best manage the reforms underway in this sector. In particular, priorities will be defined more clearly and public policy which meets the specific health needs of the population will be drawn up and implemented.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Ukraine
Health
Health system strengthening
Health system strengthening

01.12.2015 - 30.11.2019


CHF 1'850'000



Action against HIV/AIDS in Southern African prisons

01.08.2015 - 30.09.2018

Faced with an alarming prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Southern African prisons, the SDC has undertaken to reform the prison healthcare system in Malawi, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Help is being provided to the relevant authorities in the implementation of set standards of care. The prison staff are being trained. Funding is also being provided for new infrastructure projects targeted specifically at women and young prisoners.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Health
Sexually transmitted diseases incl. HIV/AIDS
Sexual and reproductive health (including mother and child health, family planning)
Communicable diseases

01.08.2015 - 30.09.2018


CHF 3'734'300



Improving access to good-quality healthcare services in Kosovo

A nurse giving a prescription to a patient in a primary healthcare centre.

01.11.2013 - 31.12.2019

The standard of healthcare provision in Kosovo is inadequate and does not meet the needs of the general population. Vulnerable groups are particularly affected, with a number of economic and social barriers limiting their access to care. That is why the SDC is working to improve the quality and inclusivity of the primary healthcare system in Kosovo.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Kosovo
Health
Health system strengthening

01.11.2013 - 31.12.2019


CHF 7'190'000



Increasing the quality of health services for all

15.10.2013 - 31.12.2018


Albania has the lowest public health spending in the region. Many patients bypass primary health care and overcrowd hospitals, especially in larger cities. In addition, non-communicable diseases are increasing at an alarming rate. Therefore health promotion, prevention of diseases and improved primary health care services are a top priority for the country.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Albania
Health
Health system strengthening
Non-communicable diseases, incl. Mental health
Primary health care
Non-communicable diseases, incl. Mental health
Primary health care

15.10.2013 - 31.12.2018


CHF 10'000'000



Non-Communicable Diseases Prevention and Health Promotion in Ukraine

Children are skipping rope

01.10.2013 - 31.05.2019

Unhealthy lifestyles and a health system that is often not up to scratch means that a higher than average number of people die from noncommunicable diseases in Ukraine in comparison with other countries. An SDC project run over several years seeks to improve this situation.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Ukraine
Health
Non-communicable diseases, incl. Mental health

01.10.2013 - 31.05.2019


CHF 3'805'000



Regeneration of neglected villages in south-east Myanmar

A nurse receives patients at the entrance to a health centre.

01.09.2013 - 14.08.2017

In Myanmar, the villages close to the Thai border have seen more than six decades of conflict. Geographically isolated, and in some cases under the control of armed indigenous ethnic groups, these villages are beyond the reach of central government authority. Their inhabitants must do with infrastructures that are in a perilous state. Working alongside the affected communities and other partners, the SDC is committed to restoring basic services, with the particular involvement of the young people in the region.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Myanmar
Conflict prevention and transformation
Health
Education
Civilian peace-building and conflict resolution
Formal basic education (primary and lower secondary)
Primary health care

01.09.2013 - 14.08.2017


CHF 5'091'000



Roma take an active role in improving their living conditions

A Roma family building the walls of their house.

01.05.2013 - 31.12.2017

Roma in Serbia live in difficult social and economic conditions. Some 60% of them are categorised as "very poor". In many Roma settlements the people live in cramped conditions with poor infrastructure and inadequate levels of hygiene. The project's objectives are to improve living conditions for Roma in the areas of housing, employment and income, and to guarantee and strengthen their rights.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Serbia
Rule of Law - Democracy - Human rights
Health
Education
Decentralisation - local governance - democratization (incl. accountability)
Education policy
Health system strengthening

01.05.2013 - 31.12.2017


CHF 4'538'000



Healthcare in the Great Lakes region: taking healthcare to the people

A baby being weighed in a consultation room.

01.02.2013 - 31.12.2017

Despite the political and humanitarian crisis Burundi is experiencing, the SDC remains committed to providing help directly to the people. In the health sector it aims to strengthen treatment capacity in health centres and district hospitals so that these can provide accessible, good-quality care. The SDC programme covers both Burundi and Rwanda.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
The Great Lakes Region
Health
Water
Health system strengthening
Primary health care
Drinking water and basic sanitation (WASH - Water for people)
Primary health care
Sexual and reproductive health (including mother and child health, family planning)

01.02.2013 - 31.12.2017


CHF 9'970'000



WHO: World Health Organisation – Core Contribution 2013–2015

01.01.2013 - 31.12.2017

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. The WHO works in close collaboration with governments, a host of agencies, private foundations and non-governmental organisations as well as with private sector representatives to address health matters worldwide.

Topic Period Budget
Health
Communicable diseases
Health system strengthening
Sexual and reproductive health (including mother and child health, family planning)
Health system strengthening
Primary health care
Communicable diseases

01.01.2013 - 31.12.2017


CHF 20'030'000



Promoting Mother and Child Health in Ukraine

A smiling mother cradling her newborn baby in her arms.

01.05.2011 - 31.12.2017

The SDC has supported the health sector in Ukraine since 1997 with a project to promote mother and child health. In cooperation with the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Basel, it was determined that women in Ukraine needed support during pregnancy and birth, and healthcare in this area was improved.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Ukraine

Ivano-Frankivsk, Volyn, Vinnytsya and the Autonomous Republic of Crimea

Health
Health system strengthening

01.05.2011 - 31.12.2017


CHF 6'290'000



Swiss Malaria Group

01.01.2020 - 31.12.2025

Founded in 2007 as an informal network, the Swiss Malaria Group (SMG) has undergone organisational development leading to a formalized multi-stakeholder group with a strategic focus on raising awareness about malaria and the comparative advantage of Switzerland to defeat the disease. Organised as an association, with an Executive Secretariat hosted by Medicus Mundi Switzerland, the 15 organisations help accelerating malaria elimination, through innovative control measures, knowledge and financial flows.

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