SDC panel discussion: Swiss support for health reforms in cooperation with Eastern Europe

Friday, 04.10.2019 – Friday, 04.10.2019

A medical nurse is walking across the country
Primary health services continue to play a pivotal role in preventing and monitoring these diseases. © SDC

Non-communicable diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, mental illness and diabetes, are the leading cause of death worldwide. In view of the growing health challenge posed by the high prevalence of non-communicable diseases in Eastern Europe, the next panel discussion on cooperation with Eastern Europe organised by SDC will focus on potential synergies between the Swiss health system and Easter European health systems supported by the agency.

Location: Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana SUPSI, via Violino 11, Stabile Piazzetta, 6928 Manno

The panel discussion will address the SDC's support for health reforms in Eastern Europe in order to identify potential synergies and strengths in the Swiss health system that could be applied to Eastern Europe. A number of key questions will be examined, including best practices currently in use in the health and social sectors in Switzerland and Ticino which could be applied to Eastern Europe, prerequisites to develop a replicable approach, partnerships to be further developed, and major challenges and opportunities. The panel will be mainly composed of professionals and representatives of organisations from Ticino, including:

  • Marina Carobbio Guscetti, president of the National Council
  • Ambassador Ruth Huber, assistant director general of the SDC
  • Professor Carlo de Pietro, Department of Business Economics, Health and Social Care, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland
  • Stefano Motta, director of MAGGIO home care and support services
  • Luca Merlini, director of the La Carità regional hospital in Locarno
  • Paola Solcà, president of FOSIT Enrichetta Placella, SDC

Moderated by: Reto Ceschi, RSI

The SDC is addressing the new health challenges posed by the high prevalence of non-communicable diseases in Eastern Europe. Its approach is mainly geared towards strengthening health systems to improve the prevention of these diseases and reduce four major related risk factors: smoking, physical inactivity, alcohol abuse and poor nutrition. Primary health services continue to play a pivotal role in preventing and monitoring these diseases.

SDC panel discussion, flyer (PDF, 284.2 kB, Italian)