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.

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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Programme Psychosocial dans la Région des Grands Lacs

01.01.2018 - 31.12.2020

Le programme contribue à la diminution des violences envers les femmes et à l’amélioration de leur statut au Burundi, Rwanda et République Démocratique du Congo. Cette nouvelle phase consolidera les acquis de la prise en charge communautaire et holistique, tout en renforçant les capacités de réponse d’ONGs locales et d’une organisation régionale. Elle mettra aussi l’accent sur le plaidoyer politique, la lutte contre l’impunité, la recherche et la gestion des savoirs.


UNICEF Core Contribution 2018-2020

01.01.2018 - 31.12.2020

Despite important progress for children over the last 15 years, child rights violations and inequities persist. UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. UNICEF is guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Switzerland supports UNICEF because it is the main UN organization with a comprehensive mandate on child protection & development.


UNFPA Core Contribution 2018-2020

01.01.2018 - 31.12.2020

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) works to address questions related to population and development, with an emphasis on sexual and reproductive health, gender equality, and youth. UNFPA is a key partner for Switzerland to ensure progress on its priorities of sexual and reproductive health and rights as well as gender equality and women’s empowerment.


Scaling up Nutrition Pooled Fund (SUN – Pooled Fund)

01.12.2017 - 31.12.2020

Sound nutrition relevant policies and strategies are a prerequisite to eliminate hunger and malnutrition. The Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement brings together governments, civil society, donors, UN agencies, researchers and private sector actors to collaborate in support of countries to combat malnutrition. SDC participates in the SUN Pooled-Fund, which strengthens civil society engagement and multi-stakeholder platforms in the fight against malnutrition in the SUN countries.


Promoting Healthy Lifestyles and Gender Equitable Attitudes among Young Men and Women in Bosnia and Herzegovina

01.12.2017 - 30.11.2020

Attitudes and behaviors of the current generation of young people in BiH are still shaped by patriarchal values, which influence the lifestyles of boys and girls and their respective vulnerability to health risks. Young men are more inclined to engage in harmful and dangerous activities and are much more likely to use violence - against women and peers - than women. The proposed intervention will promote healthier lifestyles and challenge existing gender stereotypes by working with young men, as well as women, in schools and local communities.


Empowering and Decentralizing Local Government Institutions to Manage Hygiene, Sanitation and Water Supply Service Delivery in Hard-to-Reach Areas of Bangladesh

01.12.2017 - 30.11.2020

The Hygiene, Sanitation and Water Fund (HYSAWA) will focus on enhancing capacities of local government institutions and communities to plan and manage hygiene, sanitation and water supply service delivery in an effective, accountable, transparent and inclusive manner for men, women and disadvantaged persons. Citizens will benefit from improved public services which are better targeted at those people who need them the most.


Towards an innovative oral combination treatment for visceral leishmaniasis

01.11.2017 - 31.12.2018

Visceral leishmaniasis is a neglected tropical disease and fatal if left untreated in over 95% of cases. Existing therapies have serious drawbacks in terms of safety, drug resistance, field-adapted use, cost, length and tolerability. Drugs for Neglected Disease initiative, a non-profit drug research and development organization, carries out preclinical activities on two drug compounds for the development of an oral combination therapy for this disease that mainly affects the poor.


Progressing towards Universal Health Coverage in Moldova

01.11.2017 - 30.04.2023

Through this project, Switzerland will support the Moldovan government's efforts to ensure access to healthcare services for all and to protect the population against impoverishing health expenditures. This will be achieved through making services more affordable and more accessible for the poorest and the most vulnerable. The population will be empowered to demand transparency and accountability in the healthcare system. 


Effective Governance to Stabilize Population Growth

01.10.2017 - 31.12.2019

The continuing dramatic population growth in Egypt has a significant effect on the prospect of development efforts having tangible results. Implemented by the UNFPA in support to Egyptian civil society, this project, part of a larger 5 year program, aims to contribute to stabilizing population growth by collaborating closely with civil society in a consultative approach to develop awareness-raising media campaigns relevant to young citizens as well as working with official bodies to strengthen the governance mechanisms of the National Population Strategy.


Programme d’Appui aux systèmes de santé des Grands Lacs

01.10.2017 - 30.12.2019

This phasing-Out stage shall focus on managing local knowledge-transfer processes revolving around medial and non-medical determinants of health. To do this is relevant in a stage of phasing-out because it capitalizes on the efforts made by Switzerland in a systemic support to the public health system over the last 15 years.  Monitoring the stunting path among children’s under 2yo - as good proxy of wellbeing and of social learning processes - will be undertaken with the cooperation of parents, Community Health Workers (CHWs) and Local Governments. Therein lays the potential for successful replicating of good health practices, locally, and as a basis for upscaling to the Western Province and beyond.


Global RECAP – Promoting healthy diet and physical activity

17.09.2017 - 31.12.2021

Switzerland plays a critical role in moving the agenda for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) at national and international level forward. NCDs constitute a major global health challenges today with critical economic consequences. Unhealthy diet and physical inactivity are the main causes of obesity and NCDs. Switzerland aims at strengthening individual and institutional capacity and enabling environments for legal and regulatory measures to promote healthy diet and physical activity.


Programme Santé Burundi Phase Unique

01.09.2017 - 31.12.2019

Cette phase unique se concentre sur trois thèmes spécifiques (sécurité transfusionnelle, hépatites virales et système de référence) identifiés comme des niches prioritaires par nos partenaires. Ce projet est également une phase de transition entre le Programme Santé Grands Lacs, fini en mars 2017, et le nouveau Programme Santé Burundi 2018-2020. En répondant à des besoins spécifiques, la Suisse assure ainsi sa position dans le secteur de la santé au Burundi durant cette transition.

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