Communicable diseases

Working in collaboration with the cantons, international health agencies and other partners, the Swiss Government combats communicable diseases that constitute a threat to public health in Switzerland.


Communication is an important tool for improving health literacy

The FOPH has set itself the goal of improving health literacy and self-management of chronic disease among the general public. Communication can, at various levels, help achieve this goal. more


At first hand

Communicating credibly. Communication in the healthcare sector covers a wide spectrum of activities, ranging from the doctor-patient conversation to public health prevention campaigns. But one rule is common to all: successful communication relies on the existence of trust. more


“A good relationship with the patient can achieve more than a drug can”

Communication between health professionals and their patients is an important basis for successful treatment. Particularly in the field of health promotion and disease prevention, the right kind of communication can be a decisive factor in bringing about change. Sabina Hunziker, Professor of Medical Communication at Basel’s University Hospital, therefore attaches great importance to the initial and continuing training of professionals. more


"Diversity is an enrichment and a growing reality."

Interview with Patrick Bodenmann. Equality of opportunity in hospitals does not mean providing a "one size fi ts all" treatment but one tailored to a patient's individual requirements, i.e. treatment that meets the needs of the particular health problem and the particular patient. Patrick Bodenmann is familiar with this important topic, both from a theoretical and practical point of view: as university professor, as co-founder of the Swiss Hospitals for Equity, and as head of a polyclinic at the University Hospital Lausanne. more


A vaccination protects those close to you

Protection with vaccination. To have yourself vaccinated against an infectious disease not only protects you – it also protects those close to you, and helps to protect the whole population. more


Flu symptoms after unprotected sex? Go straight to the doctor!

Spring 2016 "LOVE LIFE" campaign. Many HIV-positive people experience fever, fatigue, night sweats, swollen lymph nodes, sore throat or rash in the first few weeks after being infected. Consequently, any flu-like symptoms occurring after unprotected sex with someone of unknown HIV status have to be investigated immediately. This is the main message of the "LOVE LIFE" campaign wave running since early May. more


Reducing healthcare-associated infections in hospitals and care homes

The NOSO strategy. An estimated 70,000 people contract infections in Swiss hospitals and nursing homes every year, and some 2,000 die as a result. In late 2015, Switzerland will announce its first ever national strategy to counter this problem, the NOSO strategy. The objective is to enable standardised monitoring of these healthcare-associated infections, control outbreaks and to strengthen preventive measures. more


How is vaccination dealt with in Switzerland's prevention activities?

Lead article. Vaccinations are incontestably among the most effective means of prevention in the healthcare sector. Their history goes back a long way – but has very recent chapters as well. more


Vaccinations? Let's talk about them!

Forum Dr. med. Nicole Pellaud. As paediatricians who look after growing children, we concern ourselves particularly with the recommendations for and administration of the vaccines. We already broach the topic of vaccination at the first visit when infants are one month old. At the age of two months, now no longer protected by their mother's antibodies, infants receive their first doses of vaccine, particularly in order to build up immunity to whooping cough and Haemophilus infections, two diseases that can cause serious complications in young children. more


At first hand

Editorial Daniel Koch. The most recent vote on the Epidemics Act has once more demonstrated that the subject of vaccinations can arouse emotions and trigger debate. When an epidemic with a high mortality rate looms on the horizon, the loudest voices are those clamouring for vaccinations. At other times, they are those who fear vaccinations. more