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.


Current projects

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Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics FIND

01.01.2017 - 31.12.2020

The Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), working through a public-private partnership model, drives the development and early implementation of new diagnostic tests for poverty-related diseases. From a global public health perspective, accurate and affordable diagnosis is critical. It helps ensure better care to patients, enables equitable, timely and correct medical treatment in low-resource settings, and thus reduces wastage of medicines and antimicrobial resistance. It is essential also for emergency preparedness.

Contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GF)

01.01.2017 - 31.12.2019

Health is a precondition, an indicator and an outcome of sustainable development. The Global Fund follows the vision of a world free of the burden of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria with better health for all. It channels a big share of the funds dedicated to end these epidemics that affect disproportionately the poorest and most vulnerable people. It does so in accordance to the Global Plans of its main multilateral  specialised partners. Since it was created, it has supported programmes that saved 20 million lives.

Allocation of SDC Funding to WFP Operations in 2017

01.01.2017 - 31.12.2017

In line with the Good Humanitarian Donorship (GHD) principles, Switzerland recognizes the necessity of predictable and flexible funding to respond to changing needs in humanitarian crises. SDC funding to WFP operations allows the World Food Programme (WFP) to respond proactively and to provide immediate food assistance in life-threatening situations.

Projet Oriental Protection Migrants Maroc

01.01.2017 - 31.03.2018

Morocco is a country of transit and destination for migrants and refugees, 20’000 of which live on the margins of society, despite the 2014 adopted first ever migration strategy, promising the respect of human rights and access to public services. The “Projet Oriental” facilitates access to health care and provides humanitarian support to 5’600 vulnerable migrants per year and coaches public and civil society service providers to care for the specific needs of the migrants.

Contribution to the World Health Organisation (WHO)

01.01.2017 - 31.12.2019

The World Health Organisation is the directing and coordinating authority on international health within the United Nations system. WHO is a priority organisation for Switzerland’s development cooperation because its mandate is to ensure the highest attainable level of health and well-being for all. Its rights-based approach to health makes WHO a crucial partner for health equity and its normative function is a key source of strategic comparative advantage on the global health scene.

RDC, Alliance Globale du Vaccin (GAVI): Approvisionnement en médicaments

02.12.2016 - 31.12.2020

La contribution ciblée à GAVI présentée dans cette proposition de crédit est la mise en pratique de la stratégie de coopération : elle vise non seulement l’appui stratégique et vital du circuit des médicaments et vaccins en RDC, en particulier au Sud-Kivu, mais convole aussi l’agenda du programme global Santé, du travail diplomatique de la représentation Suisse à Kinshasa et du programme de la coopération Sud.

Support Reforms and Good Governance in the Health System in Ukraine

01.12.2016 - 30.11.2020

SDC supports the ongoing health reform aiming at tackling the root causes of the poor health status of Ukrainian population. This project leverages and strengthens the impact of a World Bank loan which intends to improve the quality and efficiency of health care services in selected regions.

Promotion des mutuelles de santé au Tchad

01.07.2016 - 31.12.2019

Au Tchad moins de 25% de la population a accès à des services de santé de base insuffisants et de faible qualité. Afin de faciliter l’accès financier des populations aux soins, la DDC soutient le développement d’un réseau de mutuelles de santé au sud du pays. Quelques 150.000 personnes auront accès à des services de santé de qualité et les bases d’une mise à l’échelle nationale des mutuelles seront établies. La DDC contribuera ainsi à la réalisation de la Couverture Sanitaire Universelle (CSU) au Tchad.

Protection of Orphans and Vulnerable children in Zimbabwe

01.07.2016 - 31.12.2020

The project aims at consolidating social protection in Zimbabwe in order to reduce widespread household poverty, provide basic needs, care and support to the most vulnerable children, especially those affected and infected by HIV/AIDS. In the context of continued political instability and economic collapse in Zimbabwe, SDC will continue to engage through the multi-donor trust fund “Child Protection Fund” managed by UNICEF.

Open source Health Insurance Management Information System (openHIMIS)

01.06.2016 - 31.12.2023

Many middle- and low-income countries strive to set up or expand national, district- or community- based health insurance schemes. For effective business processes bigger schemes require appropriate health insurance information management systems. Yet, countries have insufficient capacities to set up and manage such systems. The initiative aims to develop an open source, hence affordable and cost-effective ICT-based system with no restrictions on its use, change or distribution.

Open source Health Insurance Management Information System

01.06.2016 - 15.12.2019

Worldwide 100 million people are pushed into poverty every year because of health-related out-of-pocket payments. Hence many middle- and low-income countries promote social health protection schemes including for poor populations. In order to ensure effective business processes, these schemes require electronic information management systems. The initiative aims to develop open source software systems which are affordable, manageable and continuously optimised.

Integrating Sexual and Reproductive Health Services in Bosaso.

01.05.2016 - 31.12.2021

The programme through a contribution to Médecins du Monde-France aims at improving access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services for the population of Bosaso (Puntland, Somalia). This will be done through progressively integrating the SRH into existing primary health care services offered in health facilities. Regional health authorities as well as local health providers are closely involved in the intervention to not only ensure that services are culturally responsive but also that they become an integral part of the health system.

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