Schweizerisches Rotes Kreuz (SRK) / Swiss Red Cross (SRC) (Kredit Ost)

Project completed

The SRC’s overall goal is to contribute to healthy and safe living for vulnerable groups and communities. Since access to quality health care services remains a key factor for good health, the SRC promotes both supply and demand side of local health systems. As healthy living also depends on the environment, SRC focuses on health determinants such as water, sanitation, nutrition and health literacy. Adressing risks and disasters, SRC programmes encompass disaster risk reduction measures and foster community resilience.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Eastern Europe and CIS
Climate change and environment
Basic health infrastructure
Disaster risk reduction DRR
Health education
01.01.2017 - 31.12.2018
CHF 1'600'000

Poor and inaccessible health care services, particularly at primary level, are the main obstacles to improving the health of vulnerable groups and marginalized communities. Even when the national authorities have adequate health strategies, implementation at local level is often hampered by multiple obstacles. People rarely know what services are offered or are unable to claim and use them. Other major health determinants, such as water, sanitation and health literacy, depend on the environment and people’s possibilities to manage their lives.

Natural disasters and conflicts have an especially negative impact on poverty-stricken people, who tend to live in exposed regions with few resources and little capacity to reduce risks, take preventive action or respond adequately. The authorities in charge of protection are often not fully able to take effective and appropriate action. The negative interplay between poverty and disasters thus holds back sustainable improvements in the lives of the affected population.


Vulnerable groups and communities enjoy a healthy and safe living. They have access to good quality health care and are able to have an impact on health determinants and to demand their right to health. They have the capacity to prepare for and respond to disasters appropriately.

Medium-term outcomes

Vulnerable groups and communities have improved access to good quality health care.

The local community is able to develop and implement preventive and health promotion measures and to influence factors affecting health.

Local health committees and community-based organisations are recognised by the health authorities and external stakeholders as valid counterparts.

Communities and authorities in risk-prone areas are able to mitigate risks and, in the event of a disaster, save lives and protect livelihoods.

The SRC’s partners have sustainable institutional capacities to effectively implement programmes. They engage in dialogue with the relevant authorities and work in alliance with other development stakeholders.

Capacity building of National Societies:

Service delivery of 2-3 selected National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies selected for an explicit partnership for overall organizational development has improved.

Lessons learned from partnerships for overall organizational development with National Societies are available to inform future engagements.


Results from previous phases:  

In 2015, SRC reached through 108 project in 36 countries 10.8 million beneficiaries.

Improved access to save drinking water vulnerable households (e.g. in Banladesh’ Naogoan district 91% of households).

Improved access (including home care services in Eastern Europe) to primary health care services, particularly among women, children and the elderly, in programme areas.

Local health comittees and volunteers are recongnised and actively involved in the local health system, contributing to more effective implemention of national health promotion strategies.

In 2015, 550’000 people were supported in their efforts to reduce risks in disaster prone regions and streghen resilience to mitigate impact of future diasters.

Increased operational and structural capacity to link relief, rehabilitation and development interventions (e.g. Mali, South Sudan, Lebanon, Bosnia Herzogovina).

During the common learning process “Health programs in fragile contextes”, SRC has analysed its programs in South Soudan and discussed its lessons learned with 80 participants at a Workshop organized jointly with SDC and Medicus Mundi Schweiz in 2016:

Although reducing poverty and instability in fragile states is above all the responsibility of the governments and populations concerned, international engagement can make an important contribution.

Programs, in particular emergency and humanitarian aid, need to be context sensitive and designed so that health systems are not further undermined by aid efforts.

Having a long-term but flexible engagement combining appropriately humanitarian and development aid and using a community centered approach can contribute to preserve health services and to reduce instability.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Swiss cooperation with Eastern Europe
Project partners Contract partner
Swiss Non-profit Organisation
  • Swiss Red Cross

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   1'600'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   1'533'000
Project phases

Phase 3 01.01.2017 - 31.12.2018   (Completed)

Phase 2 01.01.2015 - 31.12.2016   (Completed) Phase 1 01.01.2013 - 31.12.2014   (Completed)