Health – A prerequisite for development

The SDC's engagement in the area of health

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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.

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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Contribution de programme au ré-seau Medicus Mundi Suisse (MMS)

01.01.2020 - 31.12.2023

Medicus Mundi Schweiz ist ein Schweizer Netzwerk von 47 Organisationen, die in der internationalen Gesundheitszusammenarbeit tätig sind. Das Netzwerk schliesst wissenschaftliche Einrichtungen ein und hat zum Ziel, das Wissen der Mitglieder so zusammenzuführen, dass die Qualität, Wirksamkeit und Sichtbarkeit der internationalen Zusammenarbeit der Schweiz im Gesundheitsbereich kontinuierlich verbessert wird. Zentrale Gefässe sind u.a. entwicklungspolitische Dialoge mit Parlament, Zivilgesellschaft und Privatsektor.


Strengthening institutional capacity for treatment and care for HIV/AIDS patients

01.01.2020 - 31.12.2023

Ruedi Luethy Foundation (RLF) uses a nurse-led and doctor-supervised approach to provide comprehensive care and treatment to HIV patients. Through its Newlands Clinic Training Centre (NCTC), human capital in Southern Africa for Opportunistic Infections/Anti-Retroviral Therapy (OI/ART) management is strengthened and mortality due to AIDS related illnesses is reduced. RLF is a pillar of best practice in HIV management and care and the single biggest contributor to Swiss visibility within the local context. 


Safeguard Young People – Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

01.01.2020 - 30.06.2023

The UNFPA Safeguard Young People programme contributes to the reduction of HIV infections and improved sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people (aged 10-24) in eight Southern African countries. It supports the adoption, domestication and implementation of regional policies and helps increase young people’s knowledge, skills, agency, and equitable access to integrated HIV/SRHR services. The SYP leverages one of Switzerland’s 15 priority multilateral organizations to achieve the Swiss goal of wide regional impact.


Promoting efficient, affordable and clean cooling for everyone (PEACCE)

15.12.2019 - 31.12.2023

 

This project addresses increasing heatwaves by providing people of developing and emerging countries with access to efficient, affordable and clean cooling. The project will address both climate change mitigation and adaptation while improving the health, nutrition and productivity of people living in hot climates. This will be achieved by supporting select countries to set ambitious commitments on cooling in their climate policies. Swiss experience on climate-friendly cooling will be shared. 


African Risk Capacity (ARC)

10.12.2019 - 31.12.2022

The African Risk Capacity is a disaster risk management pool and early response mechanism established by the African Union member states against natural disasters like drought, flood, and tropical cyclones, and the outbreak of highly contagious diseases. Its drought insurance and the new insurance products for flood and tropical cyclones enhance the safety nets of smallholder households and thus contributes to food security in Africa.


ESTHER Switzerland (Ensemble pour une Solidarité Thérapeutique Hospitalière En Réseau)

01.12.2019 - 30.11.2024

ESTHER Switzerland provides a mechanism for systematic mobilisation and use of Swiss healthcare expertise to strengthen human resource capacities for health and consequently the quality of service delivery in low and middle-income countries. ESTHER promotes institutional partnerships between Swiss hospitals or research entities with institutions of the same kind in partner countries so as to address priority needs in terms of service delivery.


Addressing Determinants of Health for Advancing Equity

01.12.2019 - 31.12.2024

Despite overall health gains, the distribution of health is vastly unequal. Investment in determinants of health such as education or water is considered as an effective means of preventing disease and contributing to health equity. Building on Swiss expertise in addressing factors such as health literacy, the program will elaborate normative guidance, produce evidence, advocate for action, and build capacity to advance health equity and leave no one behind in selected low- and middle-income countries.


Urban Governance for Health and Wellbeing

01.12.2019 - 31.10.2024

Rapid and unplanned urbanization results in poor health. The COVID-19 crisis has put city governments and urban communities at the frontline of the response. Enhancing urban governance for health and building resilient cities contribute to addressing these challenges. Switzerland, with its strong focus on civic engagement and its experience in participative urban development, plays a key role in catalysing action to create healthier urban environments in low- and middle-income countries.


BACKUP Health Technical support for Global Fund country partners

01.12.2019 - 31.08.2023

Switzerland supports The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria with 64 million CHF for three years (2020-2022). As the Fund is a global financing mechanism without country presence that provides grants to recipient countries. The BACKUP Health initiative strives to strengthen governments and other national stakeholders in such way that they embed Global Fund grant proposals in broader health sector priorities.


Dynamic electronic decision trees for managing childhood illness (DYNAMIC)

15.11.2019 - 31.12.2023

Every year, more than five million children die before the age of five due to preventable or treatable causes, most of them in developing countries. New technologies combined with rapid tests can improve diagnosis and management of sick children and reduce health costs. This collaborative research project makes use of Switzerland’s knowledge in digital technologies to improve the health of children and reduce unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions in low resource settings.


“Mental Health for Universal Health Coverage” (MH4UHC)

01.11.2019 - 31.10.2024

In low resource settings, less than 20% of people with mental disorders have access to mental health services. Building on best practices and experience from Swiss supported programs at country level, the Special Initiative for Mental Health aims to increase access to care for people with mental disorders in low- and middle-income countries. Priority areas are advocacy for investments in mental health, evidence-based policy formulation, and integration of mental health services at primary healthcare level.


Improving Access to Essential Medicines and Basic Technologies for Non-communicable Diseases

01.11.2019 - 31.12.2031

Access to medicines and technologies for non-communicable diseases is poor in low and middle-income countries. Building on the Swiss comparative advantage (broader access engagement as a country with a big pharma sector), the program addresses all components of the comprehensive framework for access to drugs, ranging from research and innovation to dispensing and use. It will also set up a dedicated global collaborative network for advocacy, information and innovation.

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